Sentencing for LeBlanc postponed to Monday

By Daniel Elizondo

Sentencing for one of three suspects in the armed robbery of a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in Lumberton, has been postponed until Monday at 2 p.m.

Tyler D’Sean LeBlanc, 24, had pled guilty in September to two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of evading arrest in the robbery of the pizza place on Nov. 21, 2013.

LeBlanc was scheduled to be sentenced in front of 356th District Judge Steve Thomas on Wednesday afternoon, but new evidence presented in the case forced both defense and prosecuting attorneys to postpone the sentencing.

Prior arrests of LeBlanc and prior evidence on the co-defendants were presented to attorneys before sentencing began.

LeBlanc’s attorney asked Judge Thomas to not consider evidence of one of the co-defendants involvement in a prior burglary in Beaumont similar to the case in Lumberton.

There were also typos in the pre-sentencing investigation report that were corrected before Judge Thomas.

After a brief recess, Thomas acknowledged both attorneys and reset the date for Monday.

“This is all the time that we can have,” Thomas said. “I expect everyone to be ready and have everything complete.”

LeBlanc remains in custody at the Hardin County jail since his plea deal. Previously, he had posted $110,000 bond and was released after the crimes, but Judge Thomas revoked the bond.

LeBlanc was the driver in a get-away car that drove two others away from the crime scene on the H-E-B property in Lumberton, near Little Caesars.

Lumberton police noticed the suspicious vehicle at 10:30 p.m. on that evening and attempted to stop it before it sped away.

Police pursued the vehicle south on Texas 96 to U.S. 69 before exiting on Tram Road.

Beaumont police entered the chase before two men exited the vehicle and escaped on foot.

The car eventually wrecked at the intersection of Libby and Nathan, where LeBlanc was taken into custody.

Police allegedly found black masks, gloves and hoodies along with a stolen cellular phone taken from a clerk at the pizza place.

One other person, Edward Shankle, 24, was also apprehended after the chase. Both LeBlanc and Shankle were taken into custody.

Dominique Rendel Gilder was later apprehended by Beaumont police and charged with aggravated robbery and evading arrest.

LeBlanc faces 5-99 years or life in prison for each of the aggravated robbery charges, each a first degree felony. He also faces 2-10 years on the evading arrest with a motor vehicle charge, a third degree felony.

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