Updates

Mon

24

Aug

2015

Bishop Dubroc Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison

           On August 24, 2015 Judge Ron Ware sentenced Bishop Slade Dubroc, 20, to 39 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

            Judge Ware convicted Dubroc on June 3, 2015 of two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon and Distribution of CDS I. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison on each count of Attempted Second Degree Murder, 10 years in prison for Possession of a Weapon by Convicted Felon and 15 years in prison on Distribution of CDS I. All of that time is to run concurrently. Dubroc was on probation for Simple Robbery at the time of the incident, and he will serve an additional four years for his Probation Violation. That time will run consecutively to the 35 years. All time will be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

            The convictions stem from an incident that took place on November 3, 2013 at the St. Charles Place Apartments in Lake Charles. Dubroc was driven to the scene by a female friend to sell marijuana to an acquaintance. A confrontation occurred between Dubroc and another male at the scene after the drugs were sold. Dubroc began shooting a .40 caliber weapon out of the passenger side window as the car fled the scene.

            Two people suffered gunshot wounds during the incident, including the male who purchased marijuana from Dubroc. A 26-year-old pregnant woman was also shot while sitting in a car nearby. She suffered extensive injuries from a gunshot wound to the head.

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

            Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Babineaux.

Thu

20

Aug

2015

Leadership Changes Take Place at Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office




















Left: Administrative First Assistant District Attorney David Kimball
Right: Chief Felony Prosecutor Tara Hawkins

            The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s promoted two felony attorneys on August 19, 2015. David Kimball will now serve as the Administrative First Assistant District Attorney, while Tara Hawkins is the new Chief Felony Prosecutor.

            Kimball has worked at the District Attorney’s Office for a combined 32 years. For over three years, he has served as the Chief Felony Prosecutor. In this new position, Kimball will handle administrative and personnel matters, while continuing to handle his own felony division. A 1980 law school graduate of Louisiana State University, Kimball is excited for what’s ahead.

            “I’m really looking forward to it,” says Kimball. “This is a great opportunity.”

            Hawkins, a 1997 graduate of Tulane Law School, has been a felony prosecutor for the last six years. Prior to her joining the District Attorney’s staff, she spent several years practicing law. This includes time spent as the Administrative General Counsel for Chief Judge Gene Thibodeaux at the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal.

            As Chief Felony Prosecutor, Hawkins will serve as the supervisor of all felony trials. She says she is honored and humbled to accept this position.

             “I believe wholeheartedly that the principle role of a prosecutor is to seek justice, which can only be accomplished by the representation and presentation of the truth,” says Hawkins. “That responsibility includes ensuring that the guilty are held accountable and that the innocent are protected from unwarranted harm. These are tenets of my profession that guide my work daily, and I look forward to actively working on behalf of my district attorney to assist the prosecutors in this office in making this a daily reality.”

            District Attorney John DeRosier is looking forward to the transition of these attorneys.

            “We’re preparing this office for the future, for the next ten years,” says DeRosier. “We’re preparing this office for continued excellence.”

            Cynthia Killingsworth will remain as the First Assistant District Attorney.


Mon

17

Aug

2015

Joseph Bargeman Pleads to Forcible Rape

            On August 17, 2015, Joseph Herbert Bargeman entered a no-contest plea to one count of Forcible Rape in front of Judge Robert Wyatt.

            On May 30, 1991, an 18-year-old woman left a restaurant on Highway 171 in Lake Charles. A man, who was later identified as Bargeman, entered her vehicle from the passenger door and forced her into the backseat. Bargeman then took the victim to the Fitzenreiter boat launch, stripped her of her clothing, and brutally raped her. The victim was able to get away, and it wasn’t until 2013 that Bargeman was identified as the suspect. DNA from the victim’s rape kit matched that of Bargeman.

            After Bargeman was initially arrested, Judge Wyatt released him on a pre-trial release program over the State’s objection. Bargeman remained out on bond and was not taken into custody following the plea, again over the State’s objection. Judge Wyatt gave the defendant until September 14, 2015 to report to the Calcasieu Correctional Center, to which the State once again objected.

            A pre-sentence investigation was ordered, and sentencing was set for December 16, 2015 at 9 a.m. Bargeman faces 5-40 years in prison.

            Detective Hope Sanders served as the lead detective on the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

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

Mon

10

Aug

2015

Jonathon Jerome Guillory Convicted of Second Degree Murder

On August 7, 2015 a jury found Jonathon Jerome Guillory guilty as charged of Second Degree Murder.

Guillory was convicted of killing his girlfriend's step-father, Felton Paul Boutte. The incident occurred on February 6, 2014 on Smith Road in Lake Charles. A physical altercation took place between Guillory and Boutte, but family members separated the men. Guillory then retrieved a firearm from another room in the home. He shot Boutte at least three times.

Judge Clayton Davis set sentencing for September 9, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Detective Timothy Scoggin served as the lead detective for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Assistant District Attorney Christy Rhoades May prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office with the help of First Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth.

Fri

07

Aug

2015

Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Sentenced to Life in Prison

On August 7, 2015 Judge Guy Bradberry sentenced Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. to life in prison without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. The sentence will be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

A jury convicted Thibodeaux of Second Degree Murder back on May 19, 2015. Toni Frabbielle, his 37-year-old girlfriend, was killed in the March 28, 2012 incident. The murder occurred in a home they shared near Dequincy. Frabielle suffered two gunshot wounds.

Andree Daugereaux investigated the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant with the help of Assistant District Attorney Hope Buford.

Fri

31

Jul

2015

Ryan Adams Sentenced for Vehicular Homicide

On July 31, 2015 Ryan Allen Adams was sentenced to seven years in jail for one count of Vehicular Homicide. Adams pleaded guilty on April 13, 2015.


The first three years of the sentence will be served, while the last four years are suspended. Adams will spend the first year at the Calcasieu Correctional Center before being transferred to the Academy of Training Skills for the remainder of his sentence. Following his release, Adams will be on supervised probation for four years.

Adams was driving a vehicle on October 19, 2013 when he left the road and struck a pole south of Lake Charles. The front seat passenger, 18-year-old Hannah Clair McVey, died as a result of the crash. Adams had tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his system, and his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.


Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

Wed

22

Jul

2015

Brittney Woodcock Pleads Guilty to Negligent Homicide

            On July 21, 2015, Brittney S. Woodcock, 26, pleaded guilty as charged to Negligent Homicide in front of Judge Sharon Wilson.

            On April 1, 2014, a six-month-old baby died while under Woodcock’s care. Woodcock was the primary caretaker at the time of the child’s death and left the child unattended. The baby was left propped up on a pillow with a bottle. When Woodcock returned, the infant was wedged between the wall and a mattress.  Woodcock was under the influence of illegal substances at the time.

            A pre-sentence investigation was ordered, and sentencing was set for October 14, 2015. Because the infant was under the age of 10, Woodcock faces two to five years in prison.

            Detective Beth McGee handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

            Assistant District Attorney Laketha Holmes prosecuted the case for the Severe Child Abuse Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Fri

17

Jul

2015

Marlon Thomas Convicted of Four Violent Felonies

          On July 16, 2015 a jury convicted Marlon Frank Thomas, 38, of Aggravated Battery, Attempted Armed Robbery, Attempted Armed Robbery with a firearm and Aggravated Burglary.

          After six hours of deliberation, the jury found Thomas guilty of entering a home on 6th Street in Lake Charles demanding money from the victim. Thomas and another man, Dionte Eugene Daugherty, were both masked and armed with guns when they entered the home. Several shots were fired, and the victim was struck in the back. Daugherty was previously convicted for the October 18, 2011 incident.

            Thomas is currently on parole for Manslaughter, and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office plans to file a Habitual Offender Bill.

            Judge Guy Bradberry ordered a presentence investigation to be conducted and set sentencing for October 2, 2015.

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

            Assistant District Attorney James Sudduth, III and Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Fri

26

Jun

2015

Desmond General Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison on Drug Charges

            On June 25, 2015, Desmond Lamar General pleaded guilty to two counts of Distribution of CDS II in front of Judge Guy Bradberry.

            During August and September of 2011, General was found to be distributing crack cocaine on separate occasions by the Combined Anti-Drug Team. The incidents took place in Lake Charles.

            Judge Bradberry sentenced General to 15 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections and gave him credit for time already served. General must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he will eligible for parole.

            The cases were handled by several members of the narcotics taskforce.

            Assistant District Attorney Hope Buford and Assistant District Attorney Brett Gaspard prosecuted General’s cases for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Thu

25

Jun

2015

Derek Paul Cooper Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

On June 24, 2015 Derek Paul Cooper pleaded guilty as charged to one count of Vehicular Homicide in front of Judge Ron Ware.


On September 27, 2014, Cooper was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 when he struck another vehicle. Jeremy Olivier, 31, was the driver of the other vehicle and died at the scene. Cooper's blood alcohol content was 0.24 at the time of the incident.

A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered by Judge Ware, and sentencing was set for Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 10 a.m.


Sergeant Chester Gremillion handled the case for the Sulphur Police Department.


Assistant District Attorney Dave Palay handled the case for the DWI section of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

Thu

18

Jun

2015

William Farry Found Guilty of Armed Robbery

            On June 17, 2015, a jury convicted William Chester Farry, 30, of one count of Armed Robbery.

            Farry was found guilty of entering a Sulphur home on May 30, 2009 and demanding money from a male and female victim inside. He was armed with a baseball bat and tied both victims up before putting them in a closet. A gun and a pouch of foreign currency were taken during the robbery.

            Farry has two prior felony convictions. The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office plans to file a Habitual Offender bill, meaning the defendant could face life in prison.

            Detective Brent Young investigated the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

            Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney James Sudduth.


Thu

04

Jun

2015

Bishop Dubroc Convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder

            On June 3, 2015, Judge Ron Ware found Bishop Slade Dubroc, 20, guilty as charged of two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon and Distribution of CDS I.

            On November 3, 2013, Dubroc was driven to the St. Charles Place Apartments by a female friend. Upon arrival at the apartment complex, located on West 18th Street in Lake Charles, Dubroc sold marijuana to a male acquaintance. Following the drug transaction, a confrontation occurred between Dubroc and another male on scene. Dubroc opened fire with a .40 caliber weapon, and the car he was riding in sped away.

            Two people were shot by Dubroc, including the male who purchased marijuana. The other victim, a 26-year-old pregnant female, was sitting in a car nearby. While both victims survived, the female suffered extensive injuries from a gunshot wound to the head.

            Dubroc was on felony probation at the time of the incident following a simple robbery conviction.

            Judge Ware set sentencing for July 29, 2015 at 10 a.m.

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

            Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Babineaux.



Mon

01

Jun

2015

District Attorney John DeRosier Receives Lawrence Toups, Jr. Memorial Award


On Saturday, May 30, 2015, District Attorney John DeRosier was honored at the annual Msgr. Cramers Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus awards banquet. He received the Lawrence Toups, Jr. Memorial Award.


The award is named after the long-time Iowa, LA mayor and Past Faithful Navigator of the Msgr. Cramers Assembly. The award is presented each year to a public official who has "filled the duties of that office with integrity and efficiency."

Wed

27

May

2015

David Wayne Sims Sentenced to Life in Prison

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Judge G. Michael Canaday sentenced David Wayne Sims to life in prison plus an additional 50 years, all with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

A jury convicted Sims of Aggravated Rape and Sexual Battery on May 1, 2015. Sims was convicted of raping a female between January 1, 2009 and September 6, 2012. He was also convicted of inappropriately touching another female between January 1, 2011 and September 6, 2012. Both females were juveniles.

Judge Canaday ordered the two sentenced be served consecutive to one another and all time be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Detective Joe Savoie handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney LaKetha Holmes prosecuted the case for the Severe Child Abuse Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins.

Wed

20

May

2015

Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Convicted of Second Degree Murder

On May 19, 2015 a jury found Leo Paul Thibodeaux, Jr. guilty as charged of Second Degree Murder.

Thibodeaux was convicted of killing his 37-year-old girlfriend, Toni Frabbielle, on March 28, 2012. Frabielle died after suffering two shotgun wounds in a home they shared near DeQuincy.

Thibodeaux was arrested after an extensive investigation by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and lead detective, Andree Daugereaux.

Judge Guy Bradberry set sentencing for August 7, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant with the help of Assistant District Attorney Hope Buford.

Fri

15

May

2015

Daniel Rodasti Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

On Friday, May 15, 2015 Judge Sharon Wilson sentenced Daniel Chemeeks Rodasti to 18 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

A jury convicted Rodasti on April 30, 2015 of Attempted Simple Robbery, Simple Battery and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.

Rodasti was convicted of attempting to rob a man on June 11, 2014 in Lake Charles. The incident took place at a home on Gelpi Drive, and the victim suffered a gunshot wound to his leg. After the initial incident, Rodasti fled to Kinder with the firearm that was used.

This is Rodasti’s third conviction involving a robbery.

Judge Wilson ordered Rodasti to serve three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections on the Attempted Simple Robbery charge, six months in the parish jail on the Simple Battery charge and 18 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections on the Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon charge. All time will be served concurrently.

Detective Dustin Gaudet investigated the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorneys Jacob Johnson and Ross Murray.


Tue

05

May

2015

New Assistant District Attorney Joins Calcasieu Parish Staff

District Attorney John DeRosier recently swore in a new Assistant District Attorney.


Dustan J. Abshire is a lifelong Lake Charles resident and graduate of Barbe High School. Dustan began his career with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office after high school and stayed there for 15 years. He spent time in corrections, patrol and as a detective in the Sex Crimes/Severe Child Abuse Unit.


While at CPSO, Dustan obtained a Criminal Justice degree from McNeese State University and went on to graduate from the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Miss. He received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and a Civil Law Certificate. His career with the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office began in June 2014 as an intern. Shortly after, Dustan became an investigator up until he was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in April 2015.


Dustan has been married for 14 years and has one son and two stepdaughters. He served on the USSSA Board for baseball from 2008-2011 and has been a member of the Knights of Columbus with Our Lady Queen of Heaven.


He will serve as an ADA in the misdemeanor section of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

Fri

01

May

2015

David Sims Convicted of Aggravated Rape, Sexual Battery

On May 1, 2015, a jury convicted David Wayne Sims of one count of Aggravated Rape and one count of Sexual Battery.

Sims was convicted of raping a female between January 1, 2009 and September 6, 2012. Sims was also convicted of inappropriately touching another female between January 1, 2011 and September 6, 2012. Both female victims were juveniles.

Judge G. Michael Canaday set sentencing for May 27, 2015. Sims faces a mandatory life sentence for the Aggravated Rape conviction.

Detective Joe Savoie handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney LaKetha Holmes prosecuted the case for the Severe Child Abuse division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins.

Thu

30

Apr

2015

Daniel Rodasti Found Guilty of Attempted Simple Robbery, Possession of a Weapon by Convicted Felon

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, a jury convicted Daniel Chemeeks Rodasti of Attempted Simple Robbery, Possession of a Weapon by Convicted Felon and Simple Battery.
Rodasti was convicted of attempting to rob a man on June 11, 2014. The incident happened at a home on Gelpi Drive in Lake Charles, and the victim sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. Following the attempted robbery, Rodasti took the firearm and fled to Kinder, where he hid the gun in a shed. Because of two prior convictions of First Degree Robbery, Rodasti is not allowed to possess a firearm.
Judge Sharon Wilson set sentencing for May 15, 2015.

Detective Dustin Gaudet handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson and Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray.

Mon

20

Apr

2015

Trent Dubroc Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Death of One-Year-Old

On April 20, 2015 Trent Alan Dubroc, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in front of Judge David Ritchie.

            A one-year-old suffered a large skull fracture while in Dubroc’s care at some point between September 26, 2013 and September 28, 2013. The child was diagnosed with a significant brain injury and died shortly after the incident.

            Dubroc was sentenced to 40 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

            Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Mon

20

Apr

2015

Baumberger Sentenced to Life in Prison

On April 20, 2015 Judge G. Michael Canaday sentenced Jon Wray Baumberger to life in prison.

A jury convicted Baumberger of Second Degree Murder back on February 27, 2015. He killed his 44-year-old wife, Treasa Baumberger, on December 5, 2010. She died from asphyxiation in their Moss Bluff home on Sam Houston Jones Parkway.

The sentenced is to be served at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

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


Tue

14

Apr

2015

Dale Wadric Winters Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

On April 13, 2015, Dale Wadric Winters entered a guilty plea to one count of manslaughter.

Winters pleaded guilty to killing his 30-year-old wife, Michelle Mitchell, on June 7, 2011. Mitchell was shot once in the chest at a residence on East Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. Officers in Caldwell Parish apprehended Winters later that same night.

Judge Ron Ware sentenced Winters to 40 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

First Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Tue

14

Apr

2015

Ryan Allen Adams Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

On April 13, 2015 Ryan Allen Adams entered a guilty plea to one count of vehicular homicide.

Adams was driving a vehicle on October 19, 2013 when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a pole. Hannah Clair McVey, 18, was the front seat passenger and died as a result of her injuries. Adams had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and also had tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his system. A backseat passenger was also injured in the crash.

Judge Ron Ware ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for July 31, 2015.

Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Mon

02

Mar

2015

Jury Convicts Jon Baumberger of Second Degree Murder

On February 27, 2015 a jury convicted Jon Wray Baumberger of Second Degree Murder.

Baumberger was convicted of killing his 44-year-old wife, Treasa Baumberger. Treasa died from asphyxiation on December 5, 2010. The incident occurred at their home on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

Baumberger will be sentenced on March 13, 2015 by Judge G. Michael Canaday.

Sergeant William Spees handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

Fri

20

Feb

2015

Garcia-Guevara Sentenced to Life in Prison

On February 20, 2015 Judge David Ritchie sentenced Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara to two terms of life in prison plus an additional 30 years.

A jury convicted Garcia-Guevara of Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Rape and Second Degree Murder on January 28, 2015. He will serve the life sentences on the Aggravated Rape and Second Degree Murder charges and 30 years in prison on the Aggravated Burglary. Judge Ritchie ordered all time to be served consecutively.

Garcia-Guevara was convicted of entering a neighbor’s home through a window, raping and then murdering 26-year-old Wanda Barton. The incident took place in February 2008 in the Jesse James Trailer Park.

Following the murder, Garcia-Guevara fled to Dallas and then to Mexico. He surrendered in 2013, just months after being places on the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.

Detective Mark Clark investigated the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray.




Fri

30

Jan

2015

Jason Bennett Receives 20 Year Prison Term for Vehicular Homicide

On January 30, 2015 Judge G. Michael Canaday sentenced Jason Scott Bennett, 33, to 20 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections for one count of Vehicular Homicide. Eight of those years will be suspended, leaving Bennett to serve 12 years in prison.

Bennett entered a no-contest plea to Vehicular Homicide on December 1, 2014.

The incident occurred on September 24, 2012 on the I-10 Bridge. Bennett was the driver of a Dodge Caliber that struck the rear of a tow truck. The front seat passenger of the Caliber, 27-year-old Derrick Stephen Barton, was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of the incident, Bennett was under the influence of narcotics.

The prison sentence imposed will be served consecutively to any other time Bennett may be facing. Judge Canaday also ordered Bennett to be placed on five years of supervised probation following his release.

Sergeant John Benoit served as the lead investigator on the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

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


Wed

28

Jan

2015

Garcia-Guevara Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Rape

On January 28, 2015 a jury convicted Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara of Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Rape and Second Degree Murder.

Garcia-Guevara was convicted of killing 26-year-old Wanda Barton in February 2008. Garcia-Guevara, a neighbor of the victim, entered her home through a window before raping and stabbing Barton multiple times. The incident occurred in Jesse James Trailer Park in south Lake Charles. Following the murder, Garcia-Guevara took a bus to Dallas and then fled to Mexico.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations placed him on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list in June of 2013. Garcia-Guevara surrendered just months later.

Judge David Ritchie set sentencing for February 20, 2015.

Detective Mark Clark investigated the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray.





Fri

23

Jan

2015

Kevin Hill Sentenced to Fifteen Years on Armed Robbery Charges

On January 23, 2015 Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Kevin Jaquelle Hill to 15 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Hill pleaded to one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Armed Robbery with a Firearm. The sentence will be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Hill admitted to robbing three men at gunpoint in November of 2013. The incident took place in a barber shop on Poe Street in Lake Charles.

Judge Davis sentenced Hill to ten years in prison on the Armed Robbery charge and an additional five years on the Armed Robbery with a Firearm enhancement. By law, the enhancement must be served consecutively to any other sentence.

Detective Kirt Farquhar handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Christy Rhoades May prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Thu

22

Jan

2015

John J. Landry, III Convicted and Sentenced on Second Degree Murder Charge

On January 21, 2015 Judge Ron Ware convicted John J. Landry, III of Second Degree Murder and Simple Robbery.

Landry was convicted of tying up and robbing 83-year-old Preston “Pops” Leblue on July 12, 2012. During the incident, Landry stuffed cloth in Leblue’s throat causing him to suffocate. The murder occurred in an apartment at 333 Mill Street in Lake Charles.

Landry was sentenced immediately following the verdict to life in prison with the Louisiana Department of Corrections without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He also received seven years in prison on the simple robbery charge concurrent to the life term.

Sergeant Richard Harrell and Sergeant Franklin Fondel handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray.


Wed

21

Jan

2015

Christopher Shane Benoit Receives 34 Years in Prison

On January 20, 2015 Judge Guy Bradberry sentenced Christopher Shane Benoit to 34 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Benoit pleaded guilty on October 7, 2014 to one count of Aggravated Incest, victim over the age of 13, and two counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile, victim over the age of 13.

Benoit admitted to sexually assaulting three different female victims, all juveniles. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the Aggravated Incest charge and seven years in prison on each of the Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile charges. All time was ordered to be served consecutively, and Benoit must also register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

Detective Cory Myers and Lieutenant Elizabeth Zaunbrecher handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Laketha Holmes prosecuted the case for the Severe Child Abuse Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Thu

15

Jan

2015

Darren Ross Cruz Convicted of Second Degree Battery

On January 14, 2015 a jury convicted Darren Ross Cruz of Second Degree Battery.

Cruz was convicted of battering a man on August 7, 2011. The incident occurred in a duplex on South Tallowood Drive in Lake Charles. The victim suffered a facial fracture.

Judge G. Michael Canaday ordered the defendant to be placed in custody pending sentencing, which is set for January 28, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Detective Lecia McCullough was the lead detective on the case for the Lake Charles Police Department, while Corporal Alan Markham was the initial reporting officer.

Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Brittany B. Chavis.


Wed

14

Jan

2015

Maurice Nelson Sentenced to Three Years for Attempted Manslaughter

On January 13, 2015 Judge Sharon Wilson sentenced Maurice Nelson to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Nelson was convicted of Attempted Manslaughter on December 2, 2014.

The jury convicted Nelson of shooting a man several times in the parking lot of Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church before chasing him down Enterprise Boulevard. The incident happened on June 27, 2012. Nelson shot the victim twice.

Captain Arnold Bellow handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Wed

03

Dec

2014

Darterious Kemon Bartie Convicted of First Degree Robbery

On December 3, 2014 Judge Sharon Wilson convicted Darterious Kemon Bartie of First Degree Robbery.

Bartie was convicted of robbing a man near his car at Place Vendome Apartments. The apartments are located at 1900 Prejean Drive in Lake Charles. The victim testified that Bartie and another man robbed him in the early evening of November 30, 2013.

Following the verdict, Bartie pleaded guilty on a separate case. He pleaded guilty to Theft over $1500 in reference to an incident from March 22, 2013.

Judge Wilson set sentencing for December 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. on both cases.

Detective Dustin Gaudet handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Wed

03

Dec

2014

Maurice Nelson Convicted of Attempted Manslaughter

On December 2, 2014 a jury convicted Maurice Nelson of Attempted Manslaughter.

Nelson was convicted of shooting a man multiple times before chasing after him on June 27, 2012.  Nelson began shooting the victim in the parking lot of Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church, and the incident continued down Enterprise Boulevard. The victim suffered two gunshot wounds. 

Judge Sharon Wilson ordered Nelson to be placed in custody pending sentencing, which she set for January 13, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Captain Arnold Bellow handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Thu

06

Nov

2014

Assistant District Attorney Appointed to SWLA Bar Association Executive Council

Assistant District Attorney Karen McLellan was recently appointed to the 2015 Executive Council for the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association. McLellan was nominated for the position, and the nomination was then presented to the remainder of the executive board.

The Executive Council presides over all of the Bar Association members in Calcasieu Parish.

McLellan has been practicing for 11 years in various fields of law. She has served the people of Calcasieu Parish for over the last three years as a member of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Staff. Currently McLellan is an Appellate attorney and also the lead prosecutor for the Drug Court program.

Originally from Baltimore, McLellan graduated from Louisiana State University’s school law. She is currently licensed in all courts, including the United States Supreme Court.


Wed

05

Nov

2014

Brian Woods, Jr. Enters Guilty Plea to Attempted Second Degree Murder

On November 5, 2014, Brian Anthony Woods, Jr. pleaded guilty to Attempted Second Degree Murder.

Woods is convicted of running over a female on February 23, 2012. The incident occurred at Sowela Technical Community College in Lake Charles.

 Judge David Ritchie set sentencing on January 9, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Sergeant Franklin Fondel and Sergeant Lecia McCullough handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

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


Fri

10

Oct

2014

Dionte Daugherty Convicted of Attempted Murder, Home Invasion

 

On October 9, 2014 a jury convicted Dionte Eugene Daugherty of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Home Invasion.

            Daugherty was convicted of entering a home on 6th Street in Lake Charles and shooting one person in the residence. The incident occurred on October 18, 2011. Two men wearing masks demanded money once inside the home, and several shots were fired. The victim was struck in the back.

            Judge Kent Savoie set sentencing for October 24, 2014.

            Sergeant Franklin Fondel handled the investigation 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 James Sudduth.

Thu

09

Oct

2014

Manzy Watson Convicted of Second Degree Murder

On October 7, 2014 Judge Ron Ware convicted Manzy Lashawn Watson of Second Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery.

 

Watson was convicted of stabbing Dorothy Horsman, 47, to death on August 20, 2012. He stabbed Horsman 10 times in a home on Legion Street in Lake Charles, before also injuring another person in the residence.

 

Judge Ron Ware set sentencing for October 14, 2014.

 

Corporal John Loftin handled the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

 

Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Babineaux.

Wed

24

Sep

2014

Williams Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Other Charges

 

On September 23, 2014 a jury convicted Ceasar James Williams of Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property.

 

Williams was convicted of killing Cory Demond Thomas on May 31, 2011 on Brick Street in Lake Charles. He shot Thomas multiple times, with bullets striking the wall of the surrounding apartment complex.  One bullet also struck a bystander inside an apartment.

 

Judge G. Michael Canaday set sentencing for October 10, 2014 at 9 a.m.

 

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

 

Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn.

 

Sat

20

Sep

2014

Dwane Fox Guilty of Manslaughter

On September 18, 2014 a jury found Dwane Edward Fox guilty of one count of Manslaughter.

 

Fox was convicted of killing 48-year-old Mychel Cleaver on January 9, 2013. Fox beat and strangled Cleaver in his home at 4016 Harvard Street in Lake Charles. He then discarded Cleaver's body south of Lake Charles on Friesen Road.

Judge Clayton Davis ordered a Pre-Sentence Investigation and set sentencing for November 26, 2014.

Detective Brent Young served as the lead detective for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Assistant District Attorney Christy Rhoades May prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes.

Wed

06

Aug

2014

William Shupp Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

 

On August 6, 2014 Judge Robert Wyatt sentenced William Alexander Shupp to 36 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. A jury convicted William Alexander Shupp of Armed Robbery, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and False Imprisonment with a Dangerous Weapon on June 13, 2014.

Judge Wyatt sentenced Shupp to 30 years on the Armed Robbery charge at hard labor without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Shupp received an additional year in prison on the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge and an additional five years in prison on False Imprisonment with a Dangerous Weapon charge. The time will run consecutively, totaling 36 years.

Shupp was convicted of robbing an employee of the TigerNation Store located at 1708 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. He demanded money from the clerk, tied her up and then left the scene in her vehicle.

Sergeant Richard Harrell handled the investigation for the Lake Charles Police Department.

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

Wed

06

Aug

2014

District Attorney John DeRosier Participates in National Night Out

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier participated in "National Night Out" across Calcasieu Parish Tuesday night.


Law Enforcement agencies across the parish host community gatherings each year that are open to the public. This night is a time for people to come together against crime and discuss crime prevention and programs that combat criminal behavior.

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Thu

31

Jul

2014

Guevara Returns to United States to Face Second Degree Murder Prosecution

 

This is the press conference held Wednesday, July 30, 2014, announcing the capture of Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara.

 

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Mon

14

Jul

2014

District Attorney John DeRosier Honored by Louisiana State Police

 

On Thursday, July 10, 2014, Louisiana State Police held an awards ceremony in Baton Rouge. The ceremony was held to honor State Troopers, public safety personnel from across Louisiana, and civilians.

 

Among those honored was Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier. He received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence. According to Louisiana State Police, the Superintendent, Colonel Michael D. Edmonson, has the discretion to issue this award to individuals, sections or troops in recognition of outstanding performance or achievement. The award may also be conferred on individuals, companies, schools, or other entities apart from State Police. DeRosier was one of only 11 recipients statewide.

Tue

08

Jul

2014

Hadnot Receives Three Life Sentences

On July 8, 2014 Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Armonta Dquon Hadnot to three consecutive life sentences and an additional 150 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

 

Hadnot received the mandatory life sentence on three counts of first degree murder after being convicted on July 2. Judge Davis order Hadnot to serve the maximum 50 year sentence on each count of attempted first degree murder he was also convicted of on July 2. All sentences are to run consecutively to each other, at hard labor and without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

 

Hadnot was convicted of murdering David Jermaine Galmore, 23, Jermiskian Jovan Arvie, 20, and Fitzgerald Tremayne Guillory, 20, on March 20, 2013. Hadnot and another male subject robbed six men at gunpoint before opening fire and killing three of the victims. The incident occurred at McMillin Park in Lake Charles.

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

Assistant District Attorney David Kimball handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Christy Rhoades May.

Wed

02

Jul

2014

Hadnot Convicted of First Degree Murder Charges

On July 2, 2014 a jury convicted Armonta Dquon Hadnot of three counts of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.

 

Hadnot was convicted of murdering David Jermaine Galmore, 23, Jermiskian Jovan Arvie, 20, and Fitzgerald Tremayne Guillory, 20, on March 20, 2013. Hadnot and another male subject robbed six men at gunpoint before opening fire and killing three of the victims. The incident occurred at McMillin Park in Lake Charles.

Judge Clayton Davis set sentencing for July 8, 2014 at 9 a.m.

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

 

Assistant District Attorney David Kimball handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Christy Rhoades May.

 

Wed

18

Jun

2014

District Attorney John DeRosier helps Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue at Building for Bucks

Last Saturday, District Attorney John DeRosier joined the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue as they competed in Building for Bucks at L'Auberge. Charitable organizations from across southwest Louisiana competed in a sandcastle building contest. The Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue finished second in the competition.

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Fri

13

Jun

2014

William Shupp Convicted of Armed Robbery, Other Charges

On June 13, 2014 a jury convicted William Alexander Shupp of Armed Robbery, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and False Imprisonment with a Dangerous Weapon.

Shupp was convicted of robbing an employee of the TigerNation Store located at 1708 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. He demanded money from the clerk, tied her up and then left the scene in her vehicle.

Judge Robert Wyatt set sentencing for August 6, 2014.

Sergeant Richard Harrell handled the investigation for the Lake Charles Police Department.

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

Thu

12

Jun

2014

Demonte Henry Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

On June 11, 2014 Judge G. Michael Canaday sentenced to Demonte Jamar Henry to a total of 25 years in prison. A jury convicted Henry of Attempted Armed Robbery and Attempted Armed Robbery with a firearm on May 15, 2014.

Henry was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the Attempted Armed Robbery charge and an additional five years on the Attempted Armed Robbery with a Firearm charge. The additional charge is considered a firearm enhancement, and the sentence must run consecutively to any other sentence. He must serve the first 20 years without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Henry was convicted of attempting to rob a man at gunpoint in September of 2012. The incident occurred on Doris Alley in Lake Charles.

Detective Colby Thompson handled the investigation for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Brittany Bell.

 

Mon

19

May

2014

Robert Wilkins Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Drug Charges

On May 19, 2014 Robert Daniel Wilkins pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter, one count of possession of CDS II with intent to distribute and one count of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute.

Wilkins pleaded guilty to the September 21, 2014 murder of Anthony K. Fontenot. The murder took place under the Choupique Bayou Bridge off of Highway 108 south of Sulphur.

Judge Kent Savoie sentenced Wilkins to 40 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections on the manslaughter charge. He received an additional 12 years on each possession charge to run concurrent with each other and consecutive to the other 40 years. Wilkins was sentenced to a total of 52 years.

Detective Gerald Thomas served as the lead investigator in the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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

Fri

16

May

2014

District Attorney John DeRosier Supports Seatbelt Campaign for 2014

Each year the “Click It or Ticket” campaign launches across the state of Louisiana. May 19, 2014 marks the beginning of this year’s campaign, which will run through June 1, 2014.

The campaign serves as seatbelt enforcement for motorists across the state. The 2014 campaigned kicked-off Friday at the Louisiana State Police, Troop D Headquarters.

The Lake Charles area recorded the highest seatbelt usage rate in the state at 91 percent in the past. Behind Lake Charles was the Houma area at 85.5 percent.

District Attorney John DeRosier says the seatbelt usage across the state and the nation has been a “culture change,” from an era of motorists without seatbelts to an era of motorists with seatbelts.

“When you sit back and look at it, you say that’s kind of a no-brainer,” said DeRosier. “But it’s really not, because it was a hard battle, and I commend all of these people in the law enforcement community to stick with it day in and day out.”

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Thu

15

May

2014

Jonathan Frank Convicted of Aggravated Rape

On May 15, 2014 a jury convicted Jonathan Jacito Frank of Aggravated Rape in a 20-year-old cold case.

Frank was convicted of raping a young woman at knifepoint on September 10, 1994 on Iris Street in Lake Charles. The victim was sleeping when Frank entered her apartment and began raping her.

Judge Kent Savoie set sentencing for May 22, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Lieutenant Michael Primeaux served as the lead detective in the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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

Thu

15

May

2014

Henry Convicted of Attempted Armed Robbery, Attempted Armed Robbery with a Firearm

On May 15, 2014 a jury convicted Demonte Jamar Henry of Attempted Armed Robbery and Attempted Armed Robbery with a Firearm.

Henry was convicted of attempting to rob a man in September 2012. Henry was armed with a handgun when he demanded items from the victim on Doris Alley in Lake Charles.

Judge Michael Canaday set sentencing for June 13, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Detective Colby Thompson handled the investigation for the Lake Charles Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Brittany Bell.

Thu

08

May

2014

District Attorney John DeRosier, Sheriff Tony Mancuso Donate Bikes for "Read to Ride"

District Attorney John DeRosier and Sheriff Tony Mancuso recently delivered bikes to a Lake Charles elementary school as part of their “Read to Ride” program. Four bikes were donated to students at Ralph F. Wilson Elementary School.

The program is designed to encourage all students to read. Students are also encouraged to comprehend what they’re reading. Accelerated Reading tests are given to students after they complete a book to test their comprehension. The “Read to Ride” program was designed by Wynetta Proctor, principal at Ralph Wilson Elementary.

 

Wed

07

May

2014

Lan Le Convicted of Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile

On May 7, 2014 Judge Ron Ware found Lan Le guilty of one count of Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile. Le was convicted of the charge after a two-year-old in her custody received third-degree burns to his legs. The incident occurred in September of 2011.

Judge Ware ordered a Pre-Sentencing Investigation (PSI) and set sentencing for September 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

The investigation was a joint effort between several detectives of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, with Lieutenant Michael Primeaux serving as the lead in the case.

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.

Thu

24

Apr

2014

Glenn Von Ross Convicted of Cocaine Possession, Intent to Distribute

On April 24, 2014 a jury convicted Glenn Von Ross of one count of Possession of CDS II (Cocaine) between 28-200 grams and one count of Possession of CDS I (Methylone) with Intent to Distribute.

Ross was convicted of possessing over 40 grams of Cocaine in different forms and over 70 capsules filled with Methylone, more commonly known as bath salts. The narcotics were discovered after the Lake Charles Police Department responded to a shots fired call on Boston Street in July of 2013. Ross was found in a vehicle that matched the description given by the caller.

 

Detective Shaun Touchet was the responding officer for the Lake Charles Police Department. Detective Jeremy Nunez with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.) was also called in to help with the investigation.

 

Judge David Ritchie set sentencing for August 29, 2014.
Assistant District Attorney Brett Gaspard prosecuted the case for the C.A.T. Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Tony Fazzio.

Wed

23

Apr

2014

David Caleb Fontenot Sentenced to Life in Prison

On April 23, 2014 Judge Kent Savoie sentenced David Caleb Fontenot to life in prison for Second Degree Murder and an additional 50 years in prison to run concurrent for Attempted Second Degree Murder. A jury convicted Fontenot of both charges on March 26, 2014.
Fontenot will serve his sentence at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.


Fontenot was convicted of murder and attempted murder following an April 2011 incident that left Stephin Bergeron dead. The crime occured on Highway 27 near Jerry's Marine.
Detective Andree Daugereaux served as lead in the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.


Assistant District Attorney Rick Bryant handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

Tue

22

Apr

2014

Micheal Guillory Convicted of Forcible Rape, Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile

On April 22, 2014 a jury convicted Michael Paul Guillory of one count of Forcible Rape and one count of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.

 

Guillory was convicted of forcibly raping a juvenile victim in October of 2007. He was also convicted of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile for incidents that occurred in October of 2007. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set sentencing for August 29, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.         

 

Sergeant Jason Alexander served as the lead detective in the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

 

Assistant District Attorney Shunette Thomas-Jordan prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn.

Thu

03

Apr

2014

Tyler Sanders Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

On April 3, 2014 Tyler Scott Sanders pleaded guilty as charged to one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and one count of Theft of Animals Between $500-$1,500.


On the same day, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Sanders to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, with five of those years being suspended. He was also sentenced to five years in prison for the theft charge, with the time running concurrent. Upon his release, he will be on Supervised Probation for an additional five years. Judge Davis also ordered Sanders to pay $5,000 in fines and court costs.


This conviction stems from an investigation that took place in 2013 after Calcasieu Parish Animal Services took control of an injured Pit Bull puppy. The investigation revealed that the puppy was initially stolen from a secure kennel by Sanders. The animal, now named Halo, received multiple injuries from Sanders, including pellet gun wounds to the dog's head and several broken bones.


The Lake Charles Police Department assisted in the investigation.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christy Rhoades May for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

Mon

31

Mar

2014

District Attorney John DeRosier Receives Silver Beaver Award

District Attorney John DeRosier recently received the Silver Beaver Award from the Calcasieu Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.


The Silver Beaver Award, created in 1931, is awarded by the Council Executive Board for outstanding service to youth within the Council or for outstanding longtime service to youth by a registered Scouter within the Council.


DeRosier is very supportive of the Calcasieu Area Council. He has partnered with the Council to raise funds for the past several years, including helping with the John DeRosier "On My Honor" BSA Classic Golf Tournament. The tournament has generated over $50,000 in revenue.

 

DeRosier is one of five recipients this year chosen by the Council.

Tue

18

Mar

2014

DeRosier Adds Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney to Staff

District Attorney John DeRosier has added a new Assistant District Attorney to his staff.


Brittany Elizabeth Bell is a proud native of Lake Charles, LA. Upon graduating from LaGrange Senior High School in 2006, she attended McNeese State University and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 2009. Bell then pursued a Juris Doctor at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA. While in law school, Brittany was a legal writing teaching assistant for first-year law students and served as a student Juvenile Attorney during her third year. She became a licensed attorney in October 2012. Prior to her employment with the District Attorney's Office, Bell was a judicial law clerk for Judge David Ritchie of the Fourteenth Judicial District Court.


Bell will serve as a Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney.

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Wed

12

Mar

2014

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.

Mon

03

Mar

2014

Murray Joins Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office Staff

Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray has joined the staff at the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

 

Murray is a proud native of Oberlin, Louisiana. Following graduation from Oberlin High School, he attended McNeese State University where he obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. Murray then went on to attend law school at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University.

 

Upon completing law school, Murray returned to Allen Parish where he served as an investigator and Assistant District Attorney for the Allen Parish District Attorney's Office. While working under District Attorney Todd Nesom for two years, Murray conducted both misdemeanor and felony trials.

 

Murray has spent the last year at the Lake Charles firm of Spears and Gary, LLC. He now returns to his roots as a prosecutor where he will serve as a Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney.  

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Wed

26

Feb

2014

Johnson Sworn in as New Assistant District Attorney

Another attorney has been added to the staff of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office. District Attorney John DeRosier recently swore in Jacob Johnson.


Johnson is a native of Cameron, Louisiana. After graduating from South Cameron High School, Johnson attended Louisiana State University where he majored in Management and minored in Policital Science. Upon graduation from LSU, Johnson attended Southern University Law Center. He was licensed as an attorney in October of 2011.


Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, Johnson held two clerking positions, one to the Honorable Alex "Brick" Wall of Baton Rouge City Court and the other to the Honorable Penelope Q. Richard of Louisiana's 38th Judicial District Court. He also handled complex civil litigation as a solo practitioner.


Johnson is married to Ashley Johnson and is active in our community. He will serve as a Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney.

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Thu

13

Feb

2014

Mark Wayne Thibodeaux Found Guilty of 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.

Fri

31

Jan

2014

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.

Thu

30

Jan

2014

Silton Arvie, Jr. Sentenced to Eight Years in Prson

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.

Fri

10

Jan

2014

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.

Wed

08

Jan

2014

Peter LeFuria 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.

Fri

06

Dec

2013

Jamie 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.

Wed

04

Dec

2013

DeRosier Swears in New Assistant District Attorney

A new Assistant District Attorney recently joined the staff at the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office. District Attorney John DeRosier recently swore in James Sudduth, III.


Sudduth is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana where he attended St. Louis High School. After graduation he went on to attend Louisiana State University where he majored in Finance and minored in Spanish. Upon graduation from LSU, he went on to LSU Law School.

 

While in Law School, he received the CALI award for the highest grade in Louisiana Constitutional Law Seminar. He also won the Ira S. Flory Competition, which is a mock trial competition held amongst fellow law students. He participated in numerous trial advocacy and moot court teams that traveled to compete for LSU.


Sudduth will serve as a Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney.

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Wed

20

Nov

2013

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.

Wed

13

Nov

2013

Jaime Brooks Day Found Guilty of Second Degree Crulty 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.

Fri

01

Nov

2013

District Attorney 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.

Fri

06

Sep

2013

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.

Mon

19

Aug

2013

New Assistant District Attorney Joins Calcasieu Parish Staff

Assistant District Attorney LaKetha W. Holmes was recently sworn in by District Attorney John DeRosier. Holmes is now managing the Juvenile Section of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

 

LaKetha Holmes is a native Californian where she hails from Monterey Bay. Holmes received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of the Pacific, located in Stockton, California. Thereafter, she obtained a J.D. from Southern University Law Center in 2009. 

 

Holmes's past work experience includes being a Staff Attorney for the 36th Judicial District Court (Beauregard Parish). She was also a Children's Attorney with Mental Health Advocacy Services and an A.D.A. for Beauregard Parish.

Holmes is an active member of the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in DeRidder, a mother of two and is married to felony prosecutor, Bobby Holmes.

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Thu

15

Aug

2013

Press Conference Held Regarding January 2013 Death

Fri

09

Aug

2013

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.

Fri

19

Jul

2013

District Attorney John DeRosier Selected for Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame

On Friday, July 12, 2013, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in Baton Rouge. DeRosier was one of seven inductees for 2013.


DeRosier took the oath of office as District Attorney for Calcasieu Parish on December 20, 2005 and was re-elected to an additional six-year term in 2008.

 

While in office, DeRosier has established the Case Review Team to improve communications with law enforcement and created the Calcasieu Full Force group to target DWI offenders. He has been pro-active and implemented an aggressive campaign to capture and prosecute online sexual predators. He re-established the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, assisted in the formation of Adult Drug and DWI Courts, and established the “Fatal Vision” DWI Simulation Program that travels to schools to demonstrate the effects of impaired driving.

 

DeRosier also worked with legislators to pass numerous items of legislation in both the Louisiana and Texas legislatures relative to the regulation of pain management clinics and the legal distribution of controlled dangerous substances. Prior to this time, Texas had no statues to regulate the ownership, management and operation of pain management clinics within its borders.

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Thu

27

Jun

2013

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.

Thu

27

Jun

2013

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.

Mon

24

Jun

2013

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.

Mon

10

Jun

2013

District Attorney John DeRosier Named Patriot of the Year

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier received the 2013 Patriot of the Year award on Monday, June 10, 2013. The Patriots are selected by the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission.

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Thu

30

May

2013

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.

Wed

29

May

2013

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.

Thu

23

May

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.

Tue

21

May

2013

Judge Wilford Carter Finds Ashaki Killy 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.

Wed

01

May

2013

DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE WELCOMES NEW ATTORNEY

Assistant District Attorney Tony Fazzio was recently sworn in by District Attorney John DeRosier. Fazzio is now a misdemeanor attorney for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

 

After graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Biological Sciences, Fazzio graduated with honors from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School in 2010. Prior to joining the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office, Fazzio worked for a regional law firm representing lending institutions in the area of mortgage banking law.

 

Fazzio is a Lake Charles, LA native and a graduate St. Louis Catholic High School.

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Mon

01

Apr

2013

Drlene 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.

Mon

01

Apr

2013

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.

Thu

14

Mar

2013

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. 

Wed

13

Mar

2013

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.

Wed

13

Mar

2013

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. 

Wed

13

Mar

2013

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. 

Fri

01

Mar

2013

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.

Thu

14

Feb

2013

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.

Wed

06

Feb

2013

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.

 

Mon

04

Feb

2013

Parker Pleads Guilty for 30 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.

 

Fri

01

Feb

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.

Mon

28

Jan

2013

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.