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MARK THIBODEAUX SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

On March 12, 2014 Judge Richard Wilson sentenced Mark Wayne Thibodeaux to two life sentences and an additional 25 years in prison after a jury convicted him of two counts of Second Degree Murder and one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder. A jury convicted Thibodeaux on February 13, 2014. He will serve his sentence at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Thibodeaux was convicted of murdering Carla Yvette Ledoux and Bridget Tillman Pryor in January 2012. The crime occurred on North Prater Street in Lake Charles.

Sergeant Franklin Fondel served as the lead detective in the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Babineaux and Assistant District Attorney James Sudduth III.

 

MARK WAYNE THIBODEAUX FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

On February 13, 2014 a jury found Mark Wayne Thibodeaux guilty of two counts of Second Degree Murder and one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder.

Judge Richard Wilson set sentencing for March 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Babineaux and Assistant District Attorney James Sudduth III.

 

DANIEL DUPLECHIN PLEADS GUILTY

On January 31, 2014, Daniel Duplechin pleaded guilty as charged to four counts of Simple Burglary of a Religious Building.  Duplechin was on probation for a previous DWI 3 conviction and admitted to violating those conditions. Judge Kent Savoie sentenced Duplechin to three years with the Department of Corrections for the probation violation. Sentencing for the four counts of Simple Burglary of a Religious Building has been set for April 23, 2014.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney David Kimball for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

 

SILTON ARVIE, JR. SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON

On January 30, 2014, Silton Arvie, Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft between $500 and $1500.  Judge Kent Savoie sentenced Arvie to a total of eight years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, four years on each count to be served consecutively.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney David Kimball for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

 

GERALD DEBARGE FOUND GUILTY OF STALKING

On January 10, 2014 a jury found Gerald Brent Debarge guilty of one count of Stalking.

Judge Michael Canaday set a sentencing hearing for next Friday, January 17, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins prosecuted for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

 

PETER LAFURIA SENTENCED TO PRISON

On January 8, 2014, Peter LaFuria pleaded guilty to 20 counts of criminal activity. Those 20 counts included five counts of sexual battery, five counts of molestation of a juvenile, five counts of video voyeurism and five counts of obscenity.

Judge David Ritchie sentenced LaFuria to a total of 23 years in prison, with 15 of those years suspended. LaFuria was sentenced to eight years in prison on each count of sexual battery, eight years in prison on each count of molestation of a juvenile, five years in prison on each count of video voyeurism and three years in prison on each count of obscenity. The charges of sexual battery, molestation of a juvenile and video voyeurism will run concurrently, while the obscenity charges will run consecutively. LaFuria’s prison sentence is to be served at hard labor with the Department of Corrections. Judge Ritchie also ordered LaFuria to pay $5,000 in fines for the obscenity charges and $25,000 to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for the cost of prosecution.

Following LaFuria’s prison sentence, he will be on five years supervised probation and be required to register as a sex offender.

 

JAIME BROOKS DAY SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON

On December 6, 2013, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Jaime Brooks Day to 30 years in prison. A jury convicted Day on November 13, 2013 of Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn with the help of Assistant District Attorney Shunette Thomas-Jordan for the Severe Child Abuse Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

DAVID BIRD TARVER SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON

On November 20, 2013 Judge Clayton Davis sentenced David Bird Tarver to 25 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Tarver entered an Alford Plea to one count of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile on August 27, 2013. The maximum 25 year sentence will be served at hard labor.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Shunette Thomas-Jordan for the Severe Child Abuse Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

JAIME BROOKS DAY FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

On November 13, 2013 a jury found Jaime Brooks Day guilty of one count of Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile.

Judge Clayton Davis set sentencing for December 10, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn prosecuted the case for the Severe Child Abuse Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Shunette Thomas-Jordan.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND LCPD SEEKING HELP IN 1991 CRIME

The following is a press release from the Lake Charles Police Department:

 

The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office and Lake Charles Police Department are seeking the identity of a young couple that picked up an abducted white female from the Fitzenreiter Boat Launch in May of 1991. This young couple was described as being in their late teens to early 20's when they picked up a white female from the boat launch and transported her to Peggy's on Moeling Street.

 

Anyone with information surrounding these witnesses is asked to contact the Lake Charles Police Department at 337.491.1311 or Crimestoppers at 337.439.2222.  

 

MAURICIO CUMBRERA GUILTY OF TWO COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

On September 6, 2013, a jury found Mauricio Garcia Cumbrera guilty of two counts of Second Degree Murder. Cumbrera was convicted in a September 2011 double murder of family members.

Judge Michael Canaday sentenced Cumbrera to serve two life sentences in the Department of Corrections at hard labor. He will not have the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Judge Canaday ordered the life sentences to run consecutive to each other.

Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

PRESS CONFERENCE HELD REGARDING JANUARY 2013 DEATH

PARKER SENTENCED TO FORTY YEARS FOR AGGRAVATED INCEST

On August 9, 2013, Judge David Ritchie sentenced Sheldon Parker to forty (40) years in prison for 40 counts of aggravated incest. Parker pleaded guilty as charged to all counts on February 4, 2013. Judge Ritchie sentenced him to 20 years on count one and count two, to run consecutive, and 20 years on counts 3-40, to run concurrent. Judge Ritchie ordered Parker’s time to be served with the Department of Corrections at hard labor with no benefit of good time.

The case was prosecuted for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office by Assistant District Attorney David Palay.

COBY CEASER FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

On June 27, 2013, a jury found Coby Quinton Ceaser guilty of Second Degree Murder. Ceaser was convicted in a July 2010 murder of a family member.

Judge Kent Savoie set sentencing for Monday, July 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

DICKERSON SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

On June 27, 2013, Judge Kent Savoie sentenced Jon Dickerson to life in prison without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension after a jury found him guilty of killing a man in March of 2009. Dickerson was found guilty of second degree murder on June 24, 2013.

His life sentence with hard labor will be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney David Kimball for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Brett Sandifer.

JON DICKERSON FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

On June 24, 2013, a jury found Jon Dickerson guilty of Second Degree Murder. Dickerson was convicted in a March 2009 murder in DeQuincy, Louisiana.

Judge Kent Savoie set sentencing for Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Assistant District Attorney David Kimball prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Brett Sandifer.

BELLO SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

On May 30, 2013, Judge Kent Savoie sentenced Eric Bello to life in prison without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence after a jury found him guilty of killing a family member in November 2008. Bello was found guilty of second degree murder by a jury on May 23, 2013.

His life sentence will be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney David Kimball for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Brett Sandifer.

 

CRADOR PLEADS GUILTY TO SECOND DEGREE CRUELTY

On May 29, 2013 Mitchell Scott Crador pleaded guilty to one count of second degree cruelty to a juvenile for an incident that occurred in May of 2011. The juvenile was five months old. Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes is prosecuting the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and accepted the plea with the consent of the victim’s family. Crador’s sentencing is set for August 21, 2013.

 

ERIC BELLO FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

On May 23, 2013, a jury found Eric Bello guilty of Second Degree Murder. Bello was convicted in the November 2008 murder of a family member.

Judge Kent Savoie set sentencing for Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Assistant District Attorney David Kimball prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Brett Sandifer.

 

JUDGE WILFORD CARTER FINDS ASHAKI KELLY GUILTY OF MOLESTATION

On May 21, 2013 Judge Wilford Carter found Ashaki Kelly guilty of one count of molestation of a juvenile. Kelly was found guilty of molesting a juvenile in November of 2012.
Kelly previously waived his right to a jury trial.
Judge Carter set sentencing for July 10, 2013. Assistant District Attorney Shunette Thomas-Jordan prosecuted the case for the Severe Child Abuse Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn.

MAN ARRESTED FOR 1962 MURDER

The following is a press release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office issued on Saturday.

In a joint investigation that has spanned almost a year, Sheriff Tony Mancuso and District Attorney John DeRosier announced the arrest of William Felix Vail, 73, for the murder of his wife, Mary Horton Vail, in October 1962. Vail was arrested at his home located in Canyon Lake, Texas which is between San Antonio and Austin. Both DeRosier and Mancuso said this is undoubtedly the coldest case that either of their offices has investigated. 


Vail was originally investigated by Calcasieu authorities in 1962 due to the extremely suspicious circumstances surrounding the unexplained "drowning" of Mary Vail the evening of October 28, 1962. A Calcasieu Grand Jury pretermitted the matter in January of 1963, meaning they simply did not have enough evidence at the time to indict but were sufficiently suspicious that they refused to return a 'no true bill.'


The case was re-opened recently when an investigative reporter, spurred by Mary Vail's surviving family members, discovered evidence of the disappearance under suspicious circumstances of other women tied to Vail. That evidence, when weighed with the opinion of Calcasieu Coroner Dr. Terry Welke, who after a recent review classified the death a "homicide," was sufficient for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's detectives to seek a warrant for the arrest of Vail. Judge Robert Wyatt signed the warrant and ordered Vail to be held without bond.


Vail waived extradition and was transported to Lake Charles where he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center yesterday evening.


District Attorney DeRosier will schedule Vail for a preliminary examination within 45 days of his arrival in Calcasieu Parish, and likely seek an indictment against him for 2nd degree murder sometime thereafter. 

A.D.A. SIGLER WINS U.S. SUPREME COURT CASE

On January 14, 2013 Assistant District Attorney Carla Sigler argued a case before the Supreme Court for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office and the state of Louisiana.

On April 29, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Louisiana v. Boyer in favor of the state.

Jonathan Boyer faced a first degree murder charge in 2002, but that was amended in 2007 to second degree murder and armed robbery, taking the death penalty off the table.

Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth convicted Boyer on the amended charges. The defendant blamed the state for the delay in his case, stating funding for attorney fees and investigations was not provided. During the argument, Justice Samuel Alito pointed out that the initial defense attorney for Boyer filed numerous continuances, causing delays.

The Supreme Court ruled that Boyer's writ was "improvidently" granted and was dismissed.

Sigler is the first Assistant District Attorney in Calcasieu Parish to win a Supreme Court case. Sigler received help from the faculty and students of the George Mason University School of Law Supreme Court Clinic and from Tom McCarthy and associates at Wiley Rein LLP.

"Without their assistance, the State would not have been able to prevail in this difficult case," said Sigler. "They thoroughly researched the issues involved, prepared and filed a comprehensive and exemplary brief, and helped prepare the State's prosecutor (Sigler) for the daunting challenge of oral argument. The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office is very thankful for these valiant efforts."

 

BILLIOT RECEIVES 88 YEARS FOR VARIOUS CHARGES

On April 24, 2013, John Wesley Billiot was sentenced to 88 years in the Department of Corrections.

On January 28, 2013, Billiot entered a No Contest plea to two counts of armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, three counts of aggravated battery and one count of obscenity. Judge Michael Canaday sentenced Billiot to 70 years on each count of armed robbery to run concurrent with each other; five years on each count of armed robbery with a firearm to run concurrent with each other, but consecutive to the armed robbery; five years on two counts of aggravated battery to run concurrent; ten years on an additional count of aggravated battery to run consecutive; and three years on the one count of obscenity to run consecutive. 
Assitant District Attorney Tara Hawkins prosecutd the case, and Assistant District Attorney Hope Wyatt handled the sentencing.  

MONTGOMERY SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON

On April 1, 2013, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Kenneth Montgomery to 30 years in the Department of Corrections for cocaine distribution. Montgomery was found guilty by a jury on January 11, 2013 of two counts of Distribution of CDS II (Cocaine).  Judge Davis sentenced Montgomery to 30 years in prison on each count, to run concurrent.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brett Gaspard for the Combined Anti-Drug Task-force Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office. The State also filed a Habitual Offender Bill, which Montgomery is denying. A hearing for the denial is set for April 17, 2013.

 

DARLENE SIAS PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER

On April 1, 2013, Darlene Idell Sias entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of manslaughter. Sias was charged with second degree murder in the December 2011 death of her husband, Joseph John Sias.

Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant prosecuted the case and accepted the plea with the consent of the victim’s family. Sias’s sentencing is set for April 17, 2013. She faces up to 40 years in prison.

 

WILLIAM LANDRY SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

On March 13, 2013, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced William Anthony Landry to ten (10) years with the Department of Corrections. Landry pleaded guilty on December 10, 2012 to one count of Pornography Involving Juveniles. Landry is currently serving 300 months in federal prison. Judge Davis ordered for the ten year sentence to be served consecutive to his current federal prison term. 

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Blake prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office. 

 

LAWRENCE DICKS, JR. SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS IN PRISON

On March 14, 2013, Lawrence Dicks, Jr. was sentenced to 24 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to three (3) counts of Distribution/Possession of CDS II (Cocaine) with intent. Dicks entered a guilty plea on January 29, 2013 before Judge Michael Canaday. Judge Canaday sentenced him to 24 years on each count to run concurrent.

Assistant District Attorney Brett Gaspard prosecuted the case for the Combined Anti-Drug Taskforce (C.A.T. Team) Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office. 

 

BARRY THOMAS SENTENCED FOR SECOND DEGREE BATTERY

On March 13, 2013, Barry Welton Thomas was sentenced to five (5) years in prison, with three of those years suspended. 

On September 24, 2012, Thomas pleaded guilty to second degree battery against two people in June of 2009.

Judge Davis also ordered that Thomas pay $200,000 in restitution to the victims and serve five years of probation following his release from prison. 

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Blake prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office. 

WILSON LOCKE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

On March 13, 2013, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Wilson Locke to life in prison without the benefit of parole.

A jury found Wilson Locke guilty of Second Degree Murder on March 6,2013. Locke was convicted in the May 2005 murder of a family member.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Blake prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of First Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth.

 

MCKEEL, JR. SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

On March 1, 2013, Judge Ron Ware sentenced Gabe McKeel, Jr. to life in prison without the benefit of probation or parole after he was found guilty of raping and beating a 94-year-old DeQuincy woman last year. McKeel was found guilty by Judge Ware on February 14, 2013 of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and second degree battery.  McKeel also received a thirty (30) year prison sentence for the aggravated burglary charge to run consecutive with his life term for aggravated rape. Judge Ware also sentenced McKeel to five (5) years in prison on the second degree battery charge to run concurrent with his life term.

The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth.

 

JUDGE WARE FINDS GABE MCKEEL, JR. GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED RAPE

On February 14, 2013, Judge Ron Ware found Gabe McKeel, Jr. guilty of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and second degree battery. McKeel was found guilty of breaking into a DeQuincy home on January 28, 2012, raping an elderly woman and taking items from her home.

McKeel previously waived his right to a jury trial.

Judge Ware set sentencing for March 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. First Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

GOLDEN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR AGGRAVATED INCEST

On February 6, 2013, Judge Wilford Carter sentenced Lester Hugh Golden to twenty (20) years in prison for two counts of aggravated incest. Golden pled guilty to both charges, and Judge Carter sentenced him to 20 years on each count to run concurrent with each other.  The sentence will also run concurrent with his current term of just over 17 years in federal prison for Child Pornography. Golden is not eligible for parole and is ordered to a lifetime sex offender registration.

The case was prosecuted for the Severe Child Abuse Division of the District Attorney’s Office by Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Guillory, and sentencing was handled by Assistant District Attorney Shunette Thomas-Jordan.

 

PARKER PLEADS GUILTY TO FORTY COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED INCEST

On February 4, 2013, Sheldon Edward Parker entered a guilty plea to forty (40) counts of aggravated incest for incidents that occurred between January 1, 2008 and August 31, 2011. Parker pled guilty to all counts he was charged with.  Assistant District Attorney David Palay prosecuted the case and accepted the plea with the consent of the victim. Parker’s sentencing is set for August 9, 2013.

 

DEBARGE SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON

On February 1, 2013, Judge G. Michael Canaday sentenced Gerald Brent Debarge to three (3) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections; however, he suspended one (1) year.  Judge Canaday also ordered Debarge to serve six months concurrent in the parish jail for resisting an officer. Upon completion, Debarge will be on supervised probation for two (2) years. Judge Canaday denied two defense motions of acquittal and a new trial. 

On January 24, 2013, a jury found Debarge guilty of killing or injuring a police animal, and Judge Canaday found Debarge guilty of resisting an officer. Debarge is also required to pay a $5,000 fine and the canine’s vet bill.

 

DEBARGE FOUND GUILTY OF INJURING A POLICE ANIMAL AND RESISTING AN OFFICER

On January 24, 2013, a jury found Gerald Brent Debarge guilty of injuring or killing a police animal. Debarge was convicted of injuring a police canine on August 14, 2012 while officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant.

Judge Michael Canaday also found Debarge guilty of resisting an officer during the same incident. Debarge is being held without bond until his sentencing which is set for February 1 at 9:00 a.m.

Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins prosecuted the case with the help of Assistant District Attorney Hope Wyatt.

O'GWIN ENTERS GUILTY PLEA TO ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER

On January 22, 2013, Efrem O'gwin entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of attempted second degree murder in the June 2011 death of an 18-month-old. Judge Wilford Carter sentenced O'gwin to 35 years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Assisitant District Attorney Lori Nunn prosecuted the case for the Severe Child Abuse division of the District Attorney's Office. 

Nunn says the state appreciates Judge Carter taking the offer, and the victim's family agreed with the resolution of the case.

SIGLER ARGUES CASE IN U. S. SUPREME COURT

On January 14, 2013 Assistant District Attorney Carla Sigler argued a case before the United States Supreme Court. The case, Louisiana v. Boyer, deals with defendant Jonathan Boyer who faced a capital first degree murder charge in 2002.

In 2007 that charge was amended from first degree murder to second degree murder and armed robbery, removing capital punishment as a potential penalty. This case was tried by First Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth, and a conviction of second degree murder and armed robbery was obtained.

Boyer complained about the delay in his case and blamed the state for failing to provide funding for attorney fees and investigations. During Monday morning’s arguments, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito pointed out that the initial defense lawyer for Boyer filed continuances in the case numerous times causing the trial to be delayed.

Assistant District Attorney Hugo Holland attended the arguments with Sigler.

A ruling is not expected for several months.

CARL WEBB JR. ENTERS GUILTY PLEA TO MANSLAUGHTER

On January 8, 2013, Carl Webb Jr. entered a guilty plea to manslaughter in the February 2009 murder of Helen Webb. Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Webb to twelve (12) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections, concurrent with his current term of sixty-five (65) years in prison on weapon charges. Assistant District Attorney John Blake prosecuted the case.

HEATHER DAUGHDRILL ENTERS GUILTY PLEA

On October 9, 2012, Heather Daughdrill entered a guilty plea to Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. Judge Ron Ware accepted the plea and sentenced Daughdrill to serve five (5) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections, all but one (1) year suspended. Judge Ware placed Daughdrill on five (5) years active supervised probation upon her release from incarceration with numerous special conditions. Daughdrill will be required to register as a Sex Offender. Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Guillory prosecuted the case.

SHOPLIFTERS SENTENCED

On September 18, 2012, Judge Ronald Ware revoked Brandy Hardman’s probation and imposed the original sentence.  She was also convicted of additional theft and drug related offenses.  Judge Ware ordered her to serve a total of six (6) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections.  Judge Ware also banned Hardman from returning to Prien Lake Mall for life. 

On September 19, 2012, Judge Ware sentenced Darrell Welcome to serve a total of ten (10) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections for four (4) felony offenses.

These defendants victimized not only local stores, but also their customers, who end up paying higher prices as a result of shoplifters. District Attorney John DeRosier and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office will make every effort to prosecute, convict, and seek prison time for those who make a living by stealing from others.

ROBYN DAVIS AND CAROL SALTZMAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

On August 24, 2012, Judge David Ritchie sentenced Robyn Davis and Carol Saltzman to life in the Louisiana Department of Corrections, without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.  On May 10, 2012, a jury found Robyn Davis and Carol Saltzman guilty of Second Degree Murder.  Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant prosecuted the case.  Davis and Saltzman were convicted of the 2009 death of Brian Davis.

LILLY YOUNG GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED SECOND DEGREE BATTERY

On August 24, 2012, Lilly Young entered a guilty plea to Aggravated Second Degree Battery. Judge David Ritchie accepted her guilty plea and sentenced Young to serve fifteen (15) years in Louisiana Department of Corrections; however, all but three (3) years were suspended. Upon release from incarceration, Young will be on five (5) years active supervised probation with numerous special conditions. Assistant District Attorney David Palay prosecuted the case. Young’s conviction was the result of an incident that occurred on May 5, 2012, in which she committed a battery with a beer bottle.

ADRIAN HARVEY GUILTY OF HOME INVASION AND AGGRAVATED BATTERY

On August 2, 2012, Judge Wilford Carter found Adrian Harvey, formerly of Westlake, guilty of Home Invasion and Aggravated Battery. Judge Carter sentenced Harvey to fifteen (15) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Assistant District Attorneys Brent Hawkins and Lawrence Babineaux prosecuted the case.

Harvey’s conviction stems from an incident that occurred at a Vinton residence in 2010. Kentrell Williams, Harvey’s co-defendant, entered an Alford plea to Attempted Home Invasion in January 2011. Judge Carter sentenced Williams to eight (8) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

BRYCE PERKINS SENTENCED TO LIFE

On July 27, 2012, Judge Ron Ware sentenced Bryce Perkins to life in the Louisiana Department of Corrections without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. In February 2011, a jury found Perkins guilty of Second Degree Murder in the 2009 shooting death of Daniel Gueringer. Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant prosecuted the case.

DONALD MCDANIEL SENTENCED TO TWENTY (20) YEARS

On May 21, 2012, Donald McDaniel, previously of Westlake, entered guilty pleas to six (6) counts of Theft over $1,500. Judge Clayton Davis accepted his guilty plea and ordered a Pre-Sentence Investigation. On July 27, 2012, Judge Davis sentenced McDaniel to ten (10) years on each of the first four (4) counts to run concurrently and ten (10) years on the last two (2) counts to run consecutively, for a total of twenty (20) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Blake prosecuted the case. McDaniel defrauded his victims into paying him for mobile home trailers that he did not own.

CALCASIEU PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOHN DEROSIER ELECTED PRESIDENT OF LDAA

District Attorney John DeRosier was recently elected President of the Louisiana District Attorneys’ Association. District Attorney DeRosier will proudly serve with two of his employees. Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Clay Guillory was elected President of the Assistant District At...torneys’ Board of Directors and Megan Dougherty was elected President of the District Attorney Investigators’ Board of Directors.

The mission of the Louisiana District Attorneys’ Association is to improve Louisiana’s justice system and the office of the District Attorney by enhancing the effectiveness and professionalism of Louisiana’s District Attorneys and their staffs through education, legislative involvement, liaison, and information sharing.

ANTONIO HADNOT FOUND GUILTY OF ARMED ROBBERY

On June 26, 2012, Judge Wilford Carter found Antonio Hadnot guilty of Armed Robbery and sentenced him to ten (10) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Hadnot’s conviction stems from a robbery that occurred at a Lake Charles barber shop in 2010. Hadnot’s co-defendant, Chad Parker, previously entered a guilty plea to First Degree Robbery. The third defendant, Louis Miles, is scheduled for trial in the near future. Assistant District Attorney Brent Hawkins prosecuted the case.

FREDDIE LASSIN SENTENCED TO THIRTY (30) YEARS

On May 23, 2012, a jury found Freddie Lassin, formerly of Vinton, guilty of Distribution of Cocaine (5 counts). On June 15, 2012, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Lassin to thirty (30) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections on each count of Distribution to run concurrently. Assistant District Attorney Brett Gaspard prosecuted the case.

CLIFTON LAW FOUND GUILTY OF DWI (2ND OFFENSE)

On June 14, 2012, Judge Clayton Davis found Clifton Forest Law, of Lake Charles, guilty of Driving While Intoxicated (Second Offense). Judge Davis sentenced Law to six (6) months in the parish jail; all but 21 days suspended, and placed Law on supervised probation with special conditions. Law was arrested on July 17, 2011, by Louisiana State Police.... At the time of his arrest, Law’s Blood Alcohol Content was .172g%, more than twice the legal limit. Law was previously convicted of a DWI in 2006 and currently has a DWI pending in Lake Charles City Court. Assistant District Attorney Marcus Myers prosecuted the case.
District Attorney John DeRosier and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office will continue to use every resource available to keep the streets of Calcasieu Parish safe from those who choose to drive while impaired.

CARL WEBB, JR SENTENCED AS HABITUAL OFFENDER

On June 13, 2012, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Carl Webb, Jr. as a Habitual Offender. Judge Davis ordered Webb to serve sentences totally sixty-five (65) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. On April 11, 2012, a jury found Webb guilty of Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon and Possession of a Stolen Firearm (3 counts). Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Blake prosecuted the case.

CHARLES BERGERON SENTENCED TO 120 YEARS

On June 13, 2012, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Charles Bergeron, previously of Westlake, on numerous sex offenses. Bergeron’s sentences total 120 years in the Department of Corrections, to run consecutive with a ten (10) year sentence he is currently serving for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. On April 17, 2012, Bergeron entered guilty pleas to twelve (12) counts of Indecent Behavior of a Juvenile (7 years on each count); twelve (12) counts of Oral Sexual Battery (10 years on each count); and Second Degree Sexual Battery (15 years). Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Guillory prosecuted the case.

DAVID NELSON SENTENCED FOR MANSLAUGHTER

On May 23, 2012, Judge D. Kent Savoie sentenced David Nelson to thirty (30) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. On March 22, 2012, a jury found Nelson guilty of Manslaughter. Assistant District Attorney David Kimball prosecuted the case. Nelson was convicted of the 2009 death of Chad Heath.

DAVID IBURG ENTERS GUILTY PLEA TO FORCIBLE RAPE

On September 26, 2011, David Iburg entered a guilty plea to Forcible Rape. Judge David Ritchie accepted his guilty plea and scheduled Sentencing for January 6, 2012. Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Guillory prosecuted the case.

District Attorney John DeRosier and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office will continue to use every resource available to keep dangerous predators off the streets of Calcasieu Parish.

ROBERT STANLEY SENTENCED TO FIFTY (50) YEARS

On February 17, 2012, Robert Stanley entered a guilty plea to two (2) counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. On April 25, 2012, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Robert Stanley to twenty-five years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections on each count to run consecutively, for a total of fifty (50) years. Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Guillory prosecuted the case. 

SHARONDA OBEY SENTENCED

 On January 23, 2012, Obey entered a guilty plea to two (2) counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. On March 21, 2012, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Obey to fifty (50) years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections on each count. Judge Davis ordered Obey’s sentences to run concurrently, without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Blake prosecuted the case.