Last week, Ryk Frickey of Des Allemands was found guilty on a charge of aggravated criminal damage to property last week, stemming from an incident where he fired a shotgun through the door of a Luling home with residents inside in May of last year.
The day did more than simply bring that case to its conclusion, however, as it represented something of a milestone – the guilty verdict declared by a six-member jury represented the conclusion of the first jury trial in St. Charles Parish since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three-day trial was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Rochelle Champagne Fahrig. Judge Connie Aucoin presided.
“Senseless acts of violence such as this will not be tolerated in St. Charles Parish and my office will continue to vigorously prosecute these cases,” said St. Charles Parish District Attorney Joel Chaisson II.
Chaisson went on to praise and credit the efforts of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Dieck and Fahrig, and the cooperation of the victims toward securing the conviction.
The penalty for the change Frickey was convicted of carries a minimum sentence one year in prison and a maximum sentence of 15 years, with or without hard labor. But Frickey will face at least 10 years in prison, based on the DA’s office moving to invoke firearm sentencing provisions set forth in the state’s code of criminal procedure, and the jury’s finding beyond reasonable doubt that Frickey discharged a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Aucoin set Frickey’s sentencing for July 20.
Frickey, of 114 Twin Bridges Lane in Des Allemands, was arrested following the 2020 incident, where he fired into the Barton Ave. residence of a family member.
He attempted to flee the scene after firing the shot. St. Charles Parish deputies stopped him and placed him under arrest.
The two family members had an ongoing feud, according to St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi. Sheriff’s Office deputies observed Frickey’s vehicle as he was leaving the scene and were able to conduct a stop.
Grimaldi said a glass double door was damaged in the incident.