A Galliano man was found guilty of simple kidnapping, aggravated 2nd-degree battery and domestic abuse by burning this week.
Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell announced the conviction of Joshua Simon, 25, following a trial in the courtroom of The Honorable Marla Abel.
Simon and the victim in the case ended their two-month relationship in October 2018.
While the victim was returning some of his belongings, Simon then took her infant child to force the victim into his home.
Once inside, Simon beat the victim repeatedly with belts and at one point, burned her.
The victim was eventually able to get away to report the crime and Simon was arrested the same day.
Assistant District Attorney Allie Fournet prosecuted the case, along with 1st Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Richard.
Four-net said she was pleased with the conviction.
“Despite the brutal acts inflicted upon her, the victim displayed tremendous strength and foresight that night and throughout the trial process,” said Fournet. “Hopefully this conviction encourages other victims of domestic violence to come forward and make their voices heard. We want them to know that they are not alone; we are here to help.”
Simon was disruptive during the case. During the jury selection process, he was removed from the courtroom for disruptive behavior and then elected not to return for the duration of the trial.
The 12-person jury deliberated for less than a half-hour before returning with the guilty verdict on all 3 charges.
Joshua Simon will remain in law enforcement custody pending his April 23rd, 2020 sentencing.