A Caddo Parish jury deliberated just over two hours Wednesday, November 8, 2017, before it found a Dallas, Texas man guilty of armed robbery and attempted aggravated rape three years ago.
The five-man, eight-woman jury determined Joseph Martin Bryant, 42, broke into his victim’s residence on August 22, 2014 armed with a knife and attempted to rape his victim before robbing her of cash and fleeing.
The next court action in Bryant’s case will be post-trial motions in District Judge Brady D. O’Callaghan’s courtroom December 13, 2017. Judge O’Callaghan ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Bryant has a prior 1994 conviction for sexual assault from Dallas County, Texas.
Bryant faces up to 50 years in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence for the attempted aggravated rape conviction. For the armed robbery conviction, he must serve at least 10 years, and up to 99 years in prison, also at hard labor and without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
Assistant district attorneys Mekisha Smith Creal and Monique Y. Metoyer were prosecutors. Bryant was defended by Mary Harried and Carlos Prudhomme.