Man charged in Livingston Parish shooting has lengthy criminal past, said “I have to be held accountable” in 2020 letter to ADA

LIVINGSTON PARISH — The man accused of leaving another man in critical condition after a shooting near Denham Springs has a substantial criminal history.

Cole Allen, 24, faces charges of attempted second-degree murder and resisting an officer for allegedly shooting a 26-year-old man on Arnold Rd. on Monday.

Hailing from Baton Rouge, Allen has a track record of arrests and charges in both East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes dating back to 2017.

Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office

East Baton Rouge Parish

During a one-month span from May 1 to June 1, 2017, Allen was arrested multiple times, facing charges for 26 counts of simple burglary, 11 counts of theft of a firearm, along with various theft and arson charges. Later that year, he faced additional charges, including simple burglary, theft of a firearm, and possession of marijuana in EBR.

Livingston Parish

Court documents from Livingston Parish reveal that Allen was arrested and charged with theft of a firearm, simple robbery, fraudulent firearm purchase, obstruction of justice, and aggravated flight from an officer. All of these crimes carry five-year sentences.

Recently, just days before the shooting incident, Allen was arrested on July 13 in Livingston Parish on charges of possessing 14 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

“I know I have to be held accountable”

In December 2020, 13 months into a jail sentence, Allen wrote a letter to Assistant District Attorney Serena Birch requesting a reduced sentence.

“I have been here for 13 months, and I have learned my lesson. I know I have to be held accountable for my actions, and I accept the consequences,” Allen wrote.

In the letter, Allen further explained that his lawyer had been suspended, and a new one was appointed. He expressed his concern for his elderly grandmother and his desire to resolve his legal troubles in Livingston Parish before her passing.

Allen pleaded for his five-year sentence to be reduced to two or three years, emphasizing his determination to change his life and never appear in the courtroom again.

Despite his plea, he was sentenced to five years in March 2021. The reason for his early release remains unclear.

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