Updates

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, with one man opening fire. 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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Thu

17

Jul

2014

District Attorney John DeRosier Donates to School Supplies Drive

Each year Fox 29 and the Lake Charles CW host a school supply drive known as "Pack the Bus." District Attorney John DeRosier is a supporter of this event every year, ensuring all students have the school supplies they need for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army partners with Fox to distribute supplies to those children in need.

DeRosier delivered a check this morning to help with the cost of the supplies.

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. 

Fri

25

Jan

2013

District Attorney John DeRosier Participates in MLK Day

The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office participated in the 2013 lake area Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.

 

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Thu

24

Jan

2013

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.

Tue

22

Jan

2013

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.

Mon

14

Jan

2013

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.

Mon

14

Jan

2013

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."

Fri

11

Jan

2013

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.

Tue

08

Jan

2013

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.

Wed

10

Oct

2012

NATIONAL DENIM DAY FOR BREAST CANCER

On Wednesday, October 10, District Attorney John DeRosier and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office participated in National Denim Day for Breast Cancer. Employees made donations in order to wear their favorite jeans to work. The donations will help the American Cancer Society discover new ways to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer, while ensuring access to mammograms and providing free support to people with the disease.

Tue

09

Oct

2012

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.

Tue

18

Sep

2012

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.

Mon

10

Sep

2012

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHRISTY RHOADES SWORN IN BY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOHN DEROSIER

Assistant District Attorney Christy Rhoades was recently sworn in by District Attorney John DeRosier. Rhoades will be assigned to the Domestic Violence Section. After graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Rhoades earned her Master’s from DePaul University in Public Service Management. In 2010, Rhoades earned her Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Law Center. Before joining the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office, she practiced law in Texas. Rhoades is married to David W. May, an attorney with the Lake Charles firm Spears & Gary, LLC, and they reside in Lake Charles.

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Sat

01

Sep

2012

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

On Saturday, September 1, 2012, the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Offce participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®.

"Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining the award-winning Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to sexualized violence."

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Fri

24

Aug

2012

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.

Fri

24

Aug

2012

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.

Thu

02

Aug

2012

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.

Fri

27

Jul

2012

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.

Fri

06

Jul

2012

DeRosier-supported drug bill now a law

Taylor Prejean, Lake Charles American Press

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Tue

26

Jun

2012

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.

Fri

15

Jun

2012

Freddie Lassin Sentenced to 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.

Thu

14

Jun

2012

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.

Wed

13

Jun

2012

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.

Wed

13

Jun

2012

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.

Fri

01

Jun

2012

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.

Wed

23

May

2012

David Nelson Sentenced for Manslaghter

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.

Mon

21

May

2012

Donald McDaniel Sentenced to Twenty 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.

Wed

25

Apr

2012

Robert Stanley Sentenced to 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. 

Wed

21

Mar

2012

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.

Sat

17

Mar

2012

2012 Bowl for Kids' Sake

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office raised $1594

for Big Brothers Big Sisters!!!

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Fri

16

Dec

2011

2011 District Attorney's Sleigh of Toys

On December 2, 2011, District Attorney John DeRosier and his staff began delivering toys collected during the Annual “Sleigh of Toys” Toy Drive. The toys, valued at over $30,000, will be delivered to local municipalities for distribution to families throughout Calcasieu Parish.

 

District Attorney DeRosier and his staff continue to work together to ensure the children of Calcasieu Parish have a safe and happy holiday season.

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Mon

26

Sep

2011

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.

Tue

05

Apr

2011

NEW FORMS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE

The Merchant Worthless Check package and Criminal History request form are now available online at our website, www.calcasieuda.com

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Sat

12

Mar

2011

Calcasieu District Attorney's Office supports "Bowl for Kids Sake" by raising $1,236.00 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters