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A WINNSBORO MAN WAS CONVICTED OF KIDNAPPING AND ATTEMPTED MURDER AUGUST 19 IN RICHLAND PARISH.
Posted on August 31, 2015 at 4:04 PM
Derrick L. Rose, 30, of Winnsboro, was convicted of attempted second degree murder and two counts of second degree kidnapping in connection with the April 4, 2014 kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend and their four-year-old daughter. Sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 7. The maximum sentence for attempted second degree murder is 50 years while each count of kidnapping carries a sentence of up to 40 years.
Judge James Stephen presided over the case with District Attorney Mack Lancaster and Assistant District Attorney Doug Wheeler prosecuting. The jury consisted of eight women and four men.
“I’d like to compliment lead prosecutor Doug Wheeler for his excellent work in his prosecution of this case,” Lancaster said.
Rose kidnapped the two in Monroe on April 4. Police were able to learn his general location by pinging the victim’s cell phone. Authorities then began to search the area southwest of Mangham. At approximately 10:35 a.m., Richland Parish Sheriff’s Lt. John Flowers along with Wildlife Agent John Miller located the vehicle on a turn row just off of McMillan Road. As they approached the vehicle, they heard gunshots, and observed the suspect and victim exit the vehicle at which time the suspect was subdued and taken into custody. The victim was transported from the scene by MedLife Ambulance for treatment of a gunshot wound to her hand, and the child victim was taken to family by deputies.
“It could have been a really bad situation,” Lancaster said. “I’m proud of the actions of officers John Flowers and John Miller and their cool, calm professionalism in a very tense and dangerous situation.”
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