Louisiana senator pleads no contest to hotel punching incident

Louisiana senator pleads no contest to hotel punching incident

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A Louisiana senator essentially pleaded guilty to his role in a violent incident last year at the Hyatt Hotel.

The Orleans District Attorney's Office says Senator Troy Brown was allowed to plead 'no contest' to simple battery on Wednesday in Judge Camille Buras' courtroom. A spokesperson for the D.A. says a no contest plea is essentially pleading guilty.

The initial police report from November 28, 2015 states Brown, who is married, punched a woman in the eye at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown New Orleans after the Bayou Classic football game. The victim was described as his "side friend" of more than 10 years.

At the time of his arrest, Brown said he couldn't remember what happened and claimed it was because he suffered from short term memory loss due to a 1991 car accident.

On Wednesday, Judge Buras handed Brown a six month suspended sentence and fined him $500.

The judge granted the victim's request to drop Brown's stay away order that had been in place.
Brown is a senator for Louisiana District two, which includes parts of St. Charles and St. John Parishes.

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