A Keithville man convicted in September 2017 of inflicting injuries on a man that left him with permanent injuries including hearing loss, was sentenced in Caddo District Court Monday, March 5, 2018, to life in prison as a habitual offender.

Taurean Lamar Thomas, 32, was sentenced by Caddo District Court Judge Craig Marcotte, in whose courtroom he was convicted as charged, September 27, 2017, of second-degree battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On June 22, 2016, Thomas beat Ronald Reddix in the 300 block of East 74th Street in Cedar Grove, inflicting the severe injuries, and then stood over Reddix and had a friend shoot a video of him holding a handgun, celebrating the beating. The rap video later was posted to Facebook.

On December 6, 2017, prosecutors filed a multiple habitual offender bill alleging that Thomas had at least three prior felonies. The hearing on March 5, 2018, determined he had three prior convictions for simple burglary, necessitating a mandatory life sentence, without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence, for the second-degree battery conviction. Thomas was sentenced to 20 years at hard labor for the firearms charge.

Prosecutors were William Edwards and Sam Crichton. Thomas was represented by Michael Enright.