Evangeline Parish District Attorney Trent Brignac confirmed to KVPI News that Brian Keith Soileau was convicted today, Friday, August 3, 2012 of the Armed Robbery of Citizens Bank in Pine Prairie which occurred exactly a year ago, August 3, 2011. Soileau was scheduled to stand trial next week before an Evangeline Parish Criminal Jury. Soileau was represented by Attorney Jacob Fuselier. He changed his plea to Guilty just days prior to the start of the trial and was convicted, as charged, for the following crimes: Armed Robbery, Theft of a Firearm, Simple Burglary, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Illegal Use of a Weapon. Soileau is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29, 2012 before Judge Thomas Fuselier. Soileau faces a maximum of 99 years in prison on the Armed Robbery charge alone. The maximum sentence when considering the other four convictions as well reaches a total of 143 years in prison.
Charges still remain pending against Soileau for the Escape from the Pine Prairie Prison back on October 13, 2011 as well as the charges stemming from the Armed Robbery of Guaranty Bank on October 25, 2011 while he was a fugitive at large.
Brignac commended the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Marcus Fontenot in securing the above referenced conviction. Brignac also complimented the efforts of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department, as well as all other law enforcement agencies which were involved in the investigation and capture of Soileau.