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Indictments issued in Tulip Street homicide

http://www.kplctv.com/story/35204059/three-indicted-by-grand-jury-in-connection-with-tulip-street-shooting

DeRosier urges community education in wake of Tulip Street shootings

The Lake Charles Police Department, Mayor Randy Roach and District Attorney John DeRosier held a joint press conference today regarding the shootings on Tulip Street on April 6, 2017.  

According to Chief Don Dixon of the Lake Charles Police Department, the four people shot in the 2000 block of Tulip Street on April 6 were innocent victims caught up in someone else's quarrel.

The altercation began on Rose Street in Lake Charles, and concluded on Tulip Street in an barrage of gunfire that resulted in the death of Cody Lastrapes and injuring three others.

JKristopher Demond Scott, 19, is charged with one count of second-degree murder,  with a bond set at $750,000. He is also charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder with another bond sent at $250,000.

A 16-year-old juvenile is also charged with second-degree murder in Lastrapes' death.

District Attorney John DeRosier said the 16-year-old will be charged as an adult.

"We had 79 shell casings in the street," Dixon said. "This is not Baghdad, this is Lake Charles. This is not supposed to happen here.  Anybody that would shoot into a car is a coward, a thug, a punk," Chief Dixon said.

Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier addressed the community today and said that this is not conduct that we will tolerate on the streets in Calcasieu Parish.  "We are going to prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the law.  We have to do that to demonstrate that this is not acceptable conduct here and we are going to do it.  And we are not going to take any prisoners.  We are going to go after everybody involved.  But at the same time,  as a community,  we need to try and figure the root causes of this to educate our way out of this.  That's what's going to have to happen."

David B. Parker Jr. found guilty of robbing two victims at gunpoint.

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Dudley Melancon sentenced to life under habitual offender law

On March 24, 2017, Dudley Melancon, 28, of Opelousas, was sentenced in 14th Judicial District Court, by Judge David Ritchie to life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.  Melancon, a third time violent offender, was found guilty of 1st degree Robbery on August 31, 2016, for the robbery of a clerk for the Sulphur Water District.  He was previously convicted for the 1st degree robbery of a truck stop casino in Opelousas in 2015 and a 2nd degree battery during a drug transaction in 2009.  

Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray told the court at sentencing that these crimes weren't just any crime, these were crimes of violence where in  each  case the victim was placed in fear for their life.  

Ali Barconey found Guilty of Second Degree Murder

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Jerin Charles pleads guilty to 3 counts of Purse snatching.

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Jury finds Javonta Harrison Guilty

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Austin Mott found Guilty of Aggravated Rape

On February 13, 2017, District Judge Ron Ware found Austin Mott Jr., age 46, guilty of Aggravated Rape.

On October 5, 1999, the victim was running at the Lake Charles Civic Center and stopped to use the ladies restroom. Mott entered the restroom, hit the victim multiple times, breaking her nose. He then threw her into a bathroom stall and raped her. The victim was able to leave the restroom and drive herself to a local hospital.

In 2015, Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department was working cold case detail and sent the DNA collected in this case to be screened. A CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) hit returned to Mott. Mott was incarcerated at the time in Rosharon, Texas.

Sentencing is set for Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10:00 am before Judge Ron Ware. Mott faces a penalty of life in prison for the aggravated rape charge.

Detective Kevin Kirkum with Lake Charles Police Department was the lead detective.

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

Jury returns verdict of guilty on all counts

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Legislative Luncheon

District Attorney John DeRosier, along with local District Attorney's  and Sheriff's discussed current and upcoming issues involving the criminal justice system with the Southwest Louisiana Legislative Delegation.  Guest speaker was Pete Adams with the Louisiana District Attorney's Association. 

Ronald Harrington Sentenced to 15 years for Pornography Involving Juveniles

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Patrick Seth Jones Convicted of Four Counts of Armed Robbery

 

On May 6, 2016 a jury unanimously convicted Patrick Seth Jones of four counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm.  Jones was charged with robbing the Royal Palace Casino in Sulphur on January 19, 2015.

 

The defendant has been incarcerated since his arrest date of January 28, 2015.  Sentencing is set for May 13, 2016.  He is facing a sentence of 10-99 years on each count with an additional 5 years on each count for the firearm enhancement.

 

Jones' co-defendant Daniel Lavergne pled guilty to Armed Robbery November 19, 2015 and was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

 

Sulphur Police Detective Shaun Stewart was the lead investigator in the case.  Louisiana State Police assisted in the investigation.

 

Chief Felony Prosecutor Tara Hawkins prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

 

Mark Anthony Broussard Convicted of Five Sexual Offenses

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Christopher Mace Convicted on Aggravated Incest Charges

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First Fresh Start Initiative Event Held

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Veterans Treatment Court Launched in Calcasieu Parish

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Robert Moore Sentenced to 30 Years for Molesting Child

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Bargeman Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

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District Attorney's Community Assistance Foundation Delivers Toys Across Calcasieu

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Farry Sentenced to Life in Prison Following Habitual Offender Hearing

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McKeehan, Jr. Found Guilty of Second Degree Battery

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Dangerfield Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Cooper Sentenced in Vehicular Homicide Case

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DeRosier Adds Two Attorneys to Staff

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Jury Convicts Terry Goodeaux of Sexual Battery

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LaGrange Students Learn about Cybercrimes

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Dangerfield Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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DeVillier Convicted in Operation 27 Case

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Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson Welcomes Community Leadership Opportunities

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Bishop Dubroc Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison

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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

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Joseph Bargeman Pleads to Forcible Rape

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Jonathon Jerome Guillory Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Ryan Adams Sentenced for Vehicular Homicide

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Desmond General Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison on Drug Charges

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Derek Paul Cooper Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

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William Farry Found Guilty of Armed Robbery

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Bishop Dubroc Convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder

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

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David Wayne Sims Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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Daniel Rodasti Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

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David Sims Convicted of Aggravated Rape, Sexual Battery

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

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

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Baumberger Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Dale Wadric Winters Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

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Ryan Allen Adams Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

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Jury Convicts Jon Baumberger of Second Degree Murder

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Garcia-Guevara Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Jason Bennett Receives 20 Year Prison Term for Vehicular Homicide

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Garcia-Guevara Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Rape

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Kevin Hill Sentenced to Fifteen Years on Armed Robbery Charges

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

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Christopher Shane Benoit Receives 34 Years in Prison

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Darren Ross Cruz Convicted of Second Degree Battery

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Maurice Nelson Sentenced to Three Years for Attempted Manslaughter

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Darterious Kemon Bartie Convicted of First Degree Robbery

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Maurice Nelson Convicted of Attempted Manslaughter

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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.


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

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Dionte Daugherty Convicted of Attempted Murder, Home Invasion

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Manzy Watson Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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Williams Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Other Charges

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Dwane Fox Guilty of Manslaughter

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William Shupp Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

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District Attorney John DeRosier Participates in National Night Out

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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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District Attorney John DeRosier Honored by Louisiana State Police

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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.

Hadnot Convicted of First Degree Murder Charges

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

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William Shupp Convicted of Armed Robbery, Other Charges

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Demonte Henry Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

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Robert Wilkins Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Drug Charges

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District Attorney John DeRosier Supports Seatbelt Campaign for 2014

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Jonathan Frank Convicted of Aggravated Rape

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

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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.

Indictments issued in Tulip Street homicide

http://www.kplctv.com/story/35204059/three-indicted-by-grand-jury-in-connection-with-tulip-street-shooting

DeRosier urges community education in wake of Tulip Street shootings

The Lake Charles Police Department, Mayor Randy Roach and District Attorney John DeRosier held a joint press conference today regarding the shootings on Tulip Street on April 6, 2017.  

According to Chief Don Dixon of the Lake Charles Police Department, the four people shot in the 2000 block of Tulip Street on April 6 were innocent victims caught up in someone else's quarrel.

The altercation began on Rose Street in Lake Charles, and concluded on Tulip Street in an barrage of gunfire that resulted in the death of Cody Lastrapes and injuring three others.

JKristopher Demond Scott, 19, is charged with one count of second-degree murder,  with a bond set at $750,000. He is also charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder with another bond sent at $250,000.

A 16-year-old juvenile is also charged with second-degree murder in Lastrapes' death.

District Attorney John DeRosier said the 16-year-old will be charged as an adult.

"We had 79 shell casings in the street," Dixon said. "This is not Baghdad, this is Lake Charles. This is not supposed to happen here.  Anybody that would shoot into a car is a coward, a thug, a punk," Chief Dixon said.

Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier addressed the community today and said that this is not conduct that we will tolerate on the streets in Calcasieu Parish.  "We are going to prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the law.  We have to do that to demonstrate that this is not acceptable conduct here and we are going to do it.  And we are not going to take any prisoners.  We are going to go after everybody involved.  But at the same time,  as a community,  we need to try and figure the root causes of this to educate our way out of this.  That's what's going to have to happen."

David B. Parker Jr. found guilty of robbing two victims at gunpoint.

Read More

Dudley Melancon sentenced to life under habitual offender law

On March 24, 2017, Dudley Melancon, 28, of Opelousas, was sentenced in 14th Judicial District Court, by Judge David Ritchie to life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.  Melancon, a third time violent offender, was found guilty of 1st degree Robbery on August 31, 2016, for the robbery of a clerk for the Sulphur Water District.  He was previously convicted for the 1st degree robbery of a truck stop casino in Opelousas in 2015 and a 2nd degree battery during a drug transaction in 2009.  

Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray told the court at sentencing that these crimes weren't just any crime, these were crimes of violence where in  each  case the victim was placed in fear for their life.  

Ali Barconey found Guilty of Second Degree Murder

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Jerin Charles pleads guilty to 3 counts of Purse snatching.

Read More

Jury finds Javonta Harrison Guilty

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Austin Mott found Guilty of Aggravated Rape

On February 13, 2017, District Judge Ron Ware found Austin Mott Jr., age 46, guilty of Aggravated Rape.

On October 5, 1999, the victim was running at the Lake Charles Civic Center and stopped to use the ladies restroom. Mott entered the restroom, hit the victim multiple times, breaking her nose. He then threw her into a bathroom stall and raped her. The victim was able to leave the restroom and drive herself to a local hospital.

In 2015, Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department was working cold case detail and sent the DNA collected in this case to be screened. A CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) hit returned to Mott. Mott was incarcerated at the time in Rosharon, Texas.

Sentencing is set for Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10:00 am before Judge Ron Ware. Mott faces a penalty of life in prison for the aggravated rape charge.

Detective Kevin Kirkum with Lake Charles Police Department was the lead detective.

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

Jury returns verdict of guilty on all counts

Read More

Legislative Luncheon

District Attorney John DeRosier, along with local District Attorney's  and Sheriff's discussed current and upcoming issues involving the criminal justice system with the Southwest Louisiana Legislative Delegation.  Guest speaker was Pete Adams with the Louisiana District Attorney's Association. 

Ronald Harrington Sentenced to 15 years for Pornography Involving Juveniles

Read More

Patrick Seth Jones Convicted of Four Counts of Armed Robbery

 

On May 6, 2016 a jury unanimously convicted Patrick Seth Jones of four counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm.  Jones was charged with robbing the Royal Palace Casino in Sulphur on January 19, 2015.

 

The defendant has been incarcerated since his arrest date of January 28, 2015.  Sentencing is set for May 13, 2016.  He is facing a sentence of 10-99 years on each count with an additional 5 years on each count for the firearm enhancement.

 

Jones' co-defendant Daniel Lavergne pled guilty to Armed Robbery November 19, 2015 and was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

 

Sulphur Police Detective Shaun Stewart was the lead investigator in the case.  Louisiana State Police assisted in the investigation.

 

Chief Felony Prosecutor Tara Hawkins prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

 

Mark Anthony Broussard Convicted of Five Sexual Offenses

Read More

Christopher Mace Convicted on Aggravated Incest Charges

Read More

First Fresh Start Initiative Event Held

Read More

Veterans Treatment Court Launched in Calcasieu Parish

Read More

Robert Moore Sentenced to 30 Years for Molesting Child

Read More

Bargeman Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

Read More

District Attorney's Community Assistance Foundation Delivers Toys Across Calcasieu

Read More

Farry Sentenced to Life in Prison Following Habitual Offender Hearing

Read More

McKeehan, Jr. Found Guilty of Second Degree Battery

Read More

Dangerfield Sentenced to Life in Prison

Read More

Cooper Sentenced in Vehicular Homicide Case

Read More

DeRosier Adds Two Attorneys to Staff

Read More

Jury Convicts Terry Goodeaux of Sexual Battery

Read More

LaGrange Students Learn about Cybercrimes

Read More

Dangerfield Convicted of Second Degree Murder

Read More

DeVillier Convicted in Operation 27 Case

Read More

Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson Welcomes Community Leadership Opportunities

Read More

Bishop Dubroc Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison

Read More

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

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Joseph Bargeman Pleads to Forcible Rape

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Jonathon Jerome Guillory Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Sentenced to Life in Prison

Read More

Ryan Adams Sentenced for Vehicular Homicide

Read More

Desmond General Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison on Drug Charges

Read More

Derek Paul Cooper Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

Read More

William Farry Found Guilty of Armed Robbery

Read More

Bishop Dubroc Convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder

Read More

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

Read More

David Wayne Sims Sentenced to Life in Prison

Read More

Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Convicted of Second Degree Murder

Read More

Daniel Rodasti Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

Read More

David Sims Convicted of Aggravated Rape, Sexual Battery

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

Baumberger Sentenced to Life in Prison

Read More

Dale Wadric Winters Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Read More

Ryan Allen Adams Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

Read More

Jury Convicts Jon Baumberger of Second Degree Murder

Read More

Garcia-Guevara Sentenced to Life in Prison

Read More

Jason Bennett Receives 20 Year Prison Term for Vehicular Homicide

Read More

Garcia-Guevara Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Rape

Read More

Kevin Hill Sentenced to Fifteen Years on Armed Robbery Charges

Read More

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

Read More

Christopher Shane Benoit Receives 34 Years in Prison

Read More

Darren Ross Cruz Convicted of Second Degree Battery

Read More

Maurice Nelson Sentenced to Three Years for Attempted Manslaughter

Read More

Darterious Kemon Bartie Convicted of First Degree Robbery

Read More

Maurice Nelson Convicted of Attempted Manslaughter

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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.


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

Read More

Dionte Daugherty Convicted of Attempted Murder, Home Invasion

Read More

Manzy Watson Convicted of Second Degree Murder

Read More

Williams Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Other Charges

Read More

Dwane Fox Guilty of Manslaughter

Read More

William Shupp Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

Read More

District Attorney John DeRosier Participates in National Night Out

Read More

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.

 

Read More

District Attorney John DeRosier Honored by Louisiana State Police

Read More

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.

Hadnot Convicted of First Degree Murder Charges

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

Read More

William Shupp Convicted of Armed Robbery, Other Charges

Read More

Demonte Henry Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

Read More

Robert Wilkins Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Drug Charges

Read More

District Attorney John DeRosier Supports Seatbelt Campaign for 2014

Read More

Jonathan Frank Convicted of Aggravated Rape

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Indictments issued in Tulip Street homicide

http://www.kplctv.com/story/35204059/three-indicted-by-grand-jury-in-connection-with-tulip-street-shooting

DeRosier urges community education in wake of Tulip Street shootings

The Lake Charles Police Department, Mayor Randy Roach and District Attorney John DeRosier held a joint press conference today regarding the shootings on Tulip Street on April 6, 2017.  

According to Chief Don Dixon of the Lake Charles Police Department, the four people shot in the 2000 block of Tulip Street on April 6 were innocent victims caught up in someone else's quarrel.

The altercation began on Rose Street in Lake Charles, and concluded on Tulip Street in an barrage of gunfire that resulted in the death of Cody Lastrapes and injuring three others.

JKristopher Demond Scott, 19, is charged with one count of second-degree murder,  with a bond set at $750,000. He is also charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder with another bond sent at $250,000.

A 16-year-old juvenile is also charged with second-degree murder in Lastrapes' death.

District Attorney John DeRosier said the 16-year-old will be charged as an adult.

"We had 79 shell casings in the street," Dixon said. "This is not Baghdad, this is Lake Charles. This is not supposed to happen here.  Anybody that would shoot into a car is a coward, a thug, a punk," Chief Dixon said.

Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier addressed the community today and said that this is not conduct that we will tolerate on the streets in Calcasieu Parish.  "We are going to prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the law.  We have to do that to demonstrate that this is not acceptable conduct here and we are going to do it.  And we are not going to take any prisoners.  We are going to go after everybody involved.  But at the same time,  as a community,  we need to try and figure the root causes of this to educate our way out of this.  That's what's going to have to happen."

David B. Parker Jr. found guilty of robbing two victims at gunpoint.

Read More

Dudley Melancon sentenced to life under habitual offender law

On March 24, 2017, Dudley Melancon, 28, of Opelousas, was sentenced in 14th Judicial District Court, by Judge David Ritchie to life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.  Melancon, a third time violent offender, was found guilty of 1st degree Robbery on August 31, 2016, for the robbery of a clerk for the Sulphur Water District.  He was previously convicted for the 1st degree robbery of a truck stop casino in Opelousas in 2015 and a 2nd degree battery during a drug transaction in 2009.  

Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray told the court at sentencing that these crimes weren't just any crime, these were crimes of violence where in  each  case the victim was placed in fear for their life.  

Ali Barconey found Guilty of Second Degree Murder

Read More

Jerin Charles pleads guilty to 3 counts of Purse snatching.

Read More

Jury finds Javonta Harrison Guilty

Read More

Austin Mott found Guilty of Aggravated Rape

On February 13, 2017, District Judge Ron Ware found Austin Mott Jr., age 46, guilty of Aggravated Rape.

On October 5, 1999, the victim was running at the Lake Charles Civic Center and stopped to use the ladies restroom. Mott entered the restroom, hit the victim multiple times, breaking her nose. He then threw her into a bathroom stall and raped her. The victim was able to leave the restroom and drive herself to a local hospital.

In 2015, Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department was working cold case detail and sent the DNA collected in this case to be screened. A CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) hit returned to Mott. Mott was incarcerated at the time in Rosharon, Texas.

Sentencing is set for Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10:00 am before Judge Ron Ware. Mott faces a penalty of life in prison for the aggravated rape charge.

Detective Kevin Kirkum with Lake Charles Police Department was the lead detective.

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

Jury returns verdict of guilty on all counts

Read More

Legislative Luncheon

District Attorney John DeRosier, along with local District Attorney's  and Sheriff's discussed current and upcoming issues involving the criminal justice system with the Southwest Louisiana Legislative Delegation.  Guest speaker was Pete Adams with the Louisiana District Attorney's Association. 

Ronald Harrington Sentenced to 15 years for Pornography Involving Juveniles

Read More

Patrick Seth Jones Convicted of Four Counts of Armed Robbery

 

On May 6, 2016 a jury unanimously convicted Patrick Seth Jones of four counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm.  Jones was charged with robbing the Royal Palace Casino in Sulphur on January 19, 2015.

 

The defendant has been incarcerated since his arrest date of January 28, 2015.  Sentencing is set for May 13, 2016.  He is facing a sentence of 10-99 years on each count with an additional 5 years on each count for the firearm enhancement.

 

Jones' co-defendant Daniel Lavergne pled guilty to Armed Robbery November 19, 2015 and was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

 

Sulphur Police Detective Shaun Stewart was the lead investigator in the case.  Louisiana State Police assisted in the investigation.

 

Chief Felony Prosecutor Tara Hawkins prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

 

Mark Anthony Broussard Convicted of Five Sexual Offenses

Read More

Christopher Mace Convicted on Aggravated Incest Charges

Read More

First Fresh Start Initiative Event Held

Read More

Veterans Treatment Court Launched in Calcasieu Parish

Read More

Robert Moore Sentenced to 30 Years for Molesting Child

Read More

Bargeman Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

Read More

District Attorney's Community Assistance Foundation Delivers Toys Across Calcasieu

Read More

Farry Sentenced to Life in Prison Following Habitual Offender Hearing

Read More

McKeehan, Jr. Found Guilty of Second Degree Battery

Read More

Dangerfield Sentenced to Life in Prison

Read More

Cooper Sentenced in Vehicular Homicide Case

Read More

DeRosier Adds Two Attorneys to Staff

Read More

Jury Convicts Terry Goodeaux of Sexual Battery

Read More

LaGrange Students Learn about Cybercrimes

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Dangerfield Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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DeVillier Convicted in Operation 27 Case

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Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson Welcomes Community Leadership Opportunities

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Bishop Dubroc Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison

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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

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Joseph Bargeman Pleads to Forcible Rape

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Jonathon Jerome Guillory Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Ryan Adams Sentenced for Vehicular Homicide

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Desmond General Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison on Drug Charges

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Derek Paul Cooper Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

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William Farry Found Guilty of Armed Robbery

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Bishop Dubroc Convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder

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

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David Wayne Sims Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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Daniel Rodasti Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

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David Sims Convicted of Aggravated Rape, Sexual Battery

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

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

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Baumberger Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Dale Wadric Winters Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

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Ryan Allen Adams Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

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Jury Convicts Jon Baumberger of Second Degree Murder

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Garcia-Guevara Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Jason Bennett Receives 20 Year Prison Term for Vehicular Homicide

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Garcia-Guevara Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Rape

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Kevin Hill Sentenced to Fifteen Years on Armed Robbery Charges

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

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Christopher Shane Benoit Receives 34 Years in Prison

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Darren Ross Cruz Convicted of Second Degree Battery

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Maurice Nelson Sentenced to Three Years for Attempted Manslaughter

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Darterious Kemon Bartie Convicted of First Degree Robbery

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Maurice Nelson Convicted of Attempted Manslaughter

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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.


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

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Dionte Daugherty Convicted of Attempted Murder, Home Invasion

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Manzy Watson Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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Williams Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Other Charges

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Dwane Fox Guilty of Manslaughter

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William Shupp Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

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District Attorney John DeRosier Participates in National Night Out

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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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District Attorney John DeRosier Honored by Louisiana State Police

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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.

Hadnot Convicted of First Degree Murder Charges

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

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William Shupp Convicted of Armed Robbery, Other Charges

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Demonte Henry Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

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Robert Wilkins Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Drug Charges

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District Attorney John DeRosier Supports Seatbelt Campaign for 2014

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Jonathan Frank Convicted of Aggravated Rape

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

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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.