A Galliano man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after being found guilty of beating and kidnapping a victim in 2018.

District Attorney Kristine Russell announced the sentence today of Joshua Simon, 25, a sentence which will be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Simon's sentence was handed down on Monday afternoon by The Honorable Marla Abel.

Simon was given 5 years on the charge of simple kidnapping, 15 years on the charge of aggravated 2nd-degree battery and 3 years on the charge of domestic abuse battery by burning.

Simon and the victim ended their two-month relationship in 2018, and while the victim was returning some of Simon's belongings, he allegedly took her infant child to force the victim into his home.

Once inside, Simon repeatedly beat the victim with belts and at one point, burned her.

The victim was eventually able to get away and call law enforcement, which arrested and charged Simon on the same day.

During jury selection, Simon was disruptive and removed from the courtroom. He opted to not return for the duration of the trial. A 12-person jury deliberated for less than a half-hour before returning the guilty verdict.

“Despite the brutal acts inflicted upon her, the victim displayed tremendous strength and foresight that night and throughout the entire judicial process,” said Fournet. “Hopefully this conviction and hefty sentence 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.

Joshua Simon will serve his sentences consecutively with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

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