Hahnville man who fired flare gun at victim earns jail time

A Hahnville man arrested last December after allegedly firing a flare gun at a nearby victim and striking him in the chest was sentenced to serve time in prison after pleading guilty.

Keith Chapman, 24, and of 200 Sunset Court in Hahnville, will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon.

Though Chapman was sentenced to two years of prison, to be served immediately, for the battery charge, a five year sentence became active as result of Chapman violating his probation terms tied to an arrest in 2017. He will serve the two concurrently, meaning his term will be five years.

He was arrested for assault on Dec. 17 after he allegedly fired an orange colored flare gun at a 26-year-old man standing near the intersection of Smith Street and Sunset Court. Chapman was leaving the area in a vehicle when he fired the flare.

The victim, also of Hahnville, was not seriously injured, but was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a burn on his chest, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi.

Chapman’s probation was revoked as result of his conviction, activating the five-year suspended sentence he received in 2017 after pleading guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (CDS) and possession of a firearm while in possession of a CDS.

He is serving his sentence at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.

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