Senator Troy Brown receives jail sentence

Brandie Richardson

Louisiana State Senator Troy Brown has been sentenced to jail in the domestic abuse case involving allegations that he bit his wife's arm during an argument that occurred at his Geismar residence in July of 2016.

Judge Frank Foil sentenced Brown to 30 days in jail, though 28 of those days was suspended. In addition to two days in jail, Brown must also pay a $300 fine and complete 64 hours of community service.

In light of his domestic dispute misdemeanor charge, State Representative Helena Moreno called for his immediate resignation, saying charges such as his has no place for domestic violence in Louisiana and with our lawmakers.

"We need lawmakers in the legislature who will be champions for these women and, more broadly, live by and uphold Louisiana's values," Moreno wrote on Facebook page after Brown's sentence. "We live in a state where domestic abuse is all too often treated as some minor offense- where the powerful can overlook and dismiss violence against women. It time we stand together - men, women, Republican, Democrat - and say that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. I, along with a vast network of partners across the state, will continue to call it out at every opportunity."

Following his sentence, Brown issued a statement addressing his charge and Moreno's comments, saying that he is aware his actions have caused anger, but he will use all legal options to protect his seat in senate.

"I understand the anger at my behavior and I know that those feelings may cause some to lose control and want to lash out at me in the Senate," he said. "Some senators say they are considering expulsion, the most severe punishment available (the political equivalent to execution) rather than a reasonable and measured response. The legislature has only once expelled a Senator, and that was after committing a federal felony, not a state misdemeanor.

If the body decides on expulsion, I will respect their wishes, but I will utilize all legal options available to me to protect my constituents' rights to be represented. Such a severe punishment would be completely contrary to the Courts rationale in this matter. Only eight states have ever expelled a Senator and always over much more serious matters. Not one of the 121,000 citizens I represent has called for me to resign, while I am grateful that hundreds say this will pass and they are praying for me."