A Shreveport man who pleaded guilty to third-offense domestic abuse battery has been sentenced to serve five years in prison.

Caddo Parish District Judge Chris Victory sentenced Alonzo Na’jee Thomas, 35, to serve two concurrent five-year hard-labor prison terms following his pleading Monday, December 12, 2022. The court ordered the first year to be served without benefit of probation, parole and suspension of sentence.

Thomas battered his victim by punching her in the face with a closed fist on January 1, 2021, on Jordan Street. The victim was dropping off her children at Thomas’s house when Thomas snatched the victim’s car key fob and began to argue with her. Thomas then prevented his victim from leaving and punched her in the face with a closed fist, injuring her eye.

The case had been set for trial that same day, and last week the District Attorney’s office informed the Court and Thomas it was prepared for trial. That was when Thomas changed his plea. He previously plead guilty to domestic abuse battery with strangulation in 2015 as well as domestic abuse battery (second offense) in 2019.

Thomas was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Terry Pittman Jr. and Christopher Bowman. He was defended by Dave Knadler.