Mon, Mar 25, 2013
Billiot was expected to be sentenced by Judge Broussard Friday morning in the 15th Judicial District Courthouse. He was found guilty in November of 2012 of second degree kidnapping and sexual battery.
Billiot’s attorney Marcus Allen argued in front of Judge Broussard that there was no evidence to prove Billiot committed the crimes he was found guilty of.
Judge Broussard told Allen and Billiot he did not want to “second guess” the jury and denied his request for a new trial.
By law, if an inmate submits a request for a new trial and a judge denies it, a judge has to wait 24 hours after the denial before sentencing can occur.
Judge Broussard penciled in April 19 as the new sentencing date for Billiot. He is facing 10 to 50 years in prison.
Billiot was a Delambre police officer four years ago when he pulled over a female driver, who was going back home to Erath.
Billiot told the female she almost hit his car head-on, and he wanted to know if she had been drinking that night. Eventually, he ordered the female to get into the back seat of his patrol car because he told her she has to go to the Delcambre police station to take a breathalyzer test. Delcambre police do not have a breathalyzer test. They use other law agency’s equipment if one is needed.
She told the jury she did what she was told and got into his car and went to the station. While there, she went to the bathroom and when she got out, he was standing by the door. Billiot told the lady he thought she was hiding drugs and wanted to check her for drugs. He did a strip search while the two of them were alone.
Eventually, he took her back to her car parked along La. 14 but never tested her for alcohol. While at her car, he asked her for a phone number for a possible date. She gave him a fake phone number, which he wrote on his hand. Before she could walk away and get back into her car, he kissed her on the lips, which stunned her.
She went home and called 911 to complain about the officer.
The trial lasted four days.