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Sulphur Mayor's Youth Advisory Council visits the Legislature

Sulphur Mayor's Youth Advisory Council visited the state legislature. Pictured with the council are Senator Ronnie Johns, DA DeRosier and Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan

2017 Police Week

DA Derosier attends West Calcasieu memorial services

District Attorney John DeRosier was honored to attend and address the Law Enforcement Officers of West Calcasieu Law Enforcement Memorial Service.  Every year during National Police Week, officers and the local community gather together in unity to honor and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to voice their appreciation to those who currently serve.    Officers from the Sulphur, Vinton, Westlake, and Dequincy Police Departments were honored today at today's ceremony.

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Louisiana State Police Launches the Click it or Ticket campaign

Louisiana State Police Launches the Click it or Ticket campaign


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Helping our community fight against hunger

This morning, District Attorney John DeRosier and employees of the District Attorney's Office, presented the SWLA Law Center with food donations collected by the employees and a $500.00 check from the District Attorney Community Assistance Foundation for the United against Hunger Food Drive.  The SWLA Law Center in association with the United Way of SWLA and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury's Summer feed program hosted a food drive with the hopes of filling 2,000 weekend food packs. 

Guilty verdict returned for Dwayne Sylvester

On April 26, 2017, a Calcasieu Parish jury found Dwayne A. Sylvester, Sr., Guilty of Attempted Second Degree Murder. 

 

 On February 18, 2016, officers with the Lake Charles Police Department were called to Memorial Hospital to speak with a victim of a stabbing.  When they arrived, they found the victim, Gerald Carter, suffering from a stab wound to the neck and torso.  The investigation revealed that Carter and his friend had been at the Easy Aces Casino located at 1825 I-10 Service Road, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Sylvester entered the casino and began a verbal confrontation with the victim.  Surveillance video showed Sylvester and the victim walked outside, where the altercation turned physical and Sylvester took out a knife and stabbed the victim.

 

The Lake Charles Police Department was able to make an arrest based on the witnesses and victims statements.  Detective John Russell was the lead detective, and was assisted by Detective Larry Newingham.   

 

Assistant District Attorney Hope Buford prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

 

Sentencing is set for May 22, 2017, before Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

Ivan Monceaux III sentenced to life in prison

 

 

 

 

 

On April 11, 2017, District Judge Ron Ware found  Ivan Monceaux III, age 20, guilty of Aggravated Rape.

 

Monceaux was 19 years old at the time of offense and was a neighbor to the 7 year old victim.  The victim was at Monceaux’s house playing video games when the offense occurred. 

 

Sentencing is set for Monday, April 24, 2017, at 10:00 am before District Judge Ron Ware.  Monceaux faces a penalty of life in prison for the aggravated rape charge.

 

 Detective Brittany Jones with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was the lead detective.

 

 Assistant District Attorney Adam Ortego prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

 

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.

On April 6, 2017, a Calcasieu Parish District Court jury found David Billy Parker Jr., guilty of two (2) counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm and two (2) counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

On November 15, 2015, at approximately 2 a.m., Parker entered the America’s Best Suites on Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana.  He brandished a revolver upon Richard Evans, a hotel clerk, and demanded money in the safe and cash drawer of the hotel.  Parker fled the scene with several hundred dollars in cash.

On November 17, 2015, Parker robbed Amanda Williams, the manager of Payday Money on Prien Lake Road at gunpoint with a dark colored revolver. He was observed fleeing the scene on the surveillance video of a nearby business. Parker stole more than $1600 in cash. Parker was recognized by law enforcement officers on the video, which led to the victims providing a positive identification on photographic line ups. Parker was later arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant.

 

Lead detective was Dustin Gaudet with the Lake Charles Police Department. Judge Guy Bradberry set sentencing for May 17, 2017. Due to Parker’s numerous prior felony convictions, Prosecutor Jacob Johnson intends to file a habitual offender bill. 

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

 

On March 24, 2017, Ali Lee Barconey, 33, was found Guilty of Second Degree murder in the 2014 death of Nathaniel Reynaud. 

          On September 25, 2014, officers with the Lake Charles Police Department were dispatched to a home on Allen Street in reference to shots fired.  When they arrived, they found the victim fatally injured.  Another victim at the scene had been shot in the face but survived, as well as a third victim who was treated for minor injuries. 

          The Lake Charles Police Department investigated the case. 

          Assistant District Attorney Charles Robinson prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Sentencing is set for April 10, 2017.  Barconey is facing life imprisonment without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. 

 

Jerin Charles pleads guilty to 3 counts of Purse snatching.

 

On March 7, 2017, Jerin Charles, 26, entered a no contest guilty plea to three (3) counts of Purse Snatching.  Judge Michael Canaday sentenced Charles to 20 years Department of Corrections on each count, concurrent to each other and consecutive to his current probation/parole violations. 

The defendant, Charles, committed the purse snatchings on three separate occasions:

 April  1, 2016 at the Dollar General store on Prien Lake Road;  April 5, 2016, at the Dollar General on 4th Avenue; and April 5, 2016 in the parking lot of Old Navy, all in Lake Charles, Louisiana.   In all three incidents he approached the female victims while they were in the parking lot and demanded their purses and wallets. 

                Detective Willie Fontenot with the Lake Charles Police Department investigated the case.

 Assistant District Attorney Daniel Vermaelen prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s office. 

 

Jury finds Javonta Harrison Guilty

 

      On February 23, 2017, a jury returned a guilty verdict for all counts against Javonta Jermel Harrison, age 20, for Aggravated Rape, Aggravated Burglary, and Armed Robbery with a Firearm. 

      On August 14, 2015, officers with the Lake Charles Police Department, were dispatched to St. Mary Drive, Lake Charles, La., in reference to report of a burglary and rape.  The defendant, Harrison, gained access to the victim’s residence, while she was sleeping, by pushing a window air conditioning unit into the residence. He then entered the residence and forced the victim to have sexual intercourse with him at gunpoint.         

      Upon leaving the residence, Harrison took the victims bank card, cell phone and the keys to a vehicle belonging to her boyfriend. 

      The victim was able to run from the home and gave law enforcement a description of Harrison.  Harrison was located near his residence and the victim positively identified him as her assailant.  Harrison recorded a portion of the rape on a cell phone camera, which was located and taken into evidence.

          Lt. Kevin Kirkum and Detective Joe Savoie with the Lake Charles Police Department investigated the case and Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office. 

      Sentencing for Harrison is set for March 15, 2017 at 9:00 am.  Harrison is being held without bond until his sentencing date. 

 

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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

 

Jurors returned a verdict of guilty on all counts in the trial of Antonieo George Smith. Smith was charged with Second degree murder, Attempted Second degree murder, Aggravated Burglary and Armed Robbery. 

 

On May 16, 2016, the defendant Antonieo George Smith, age 17 at the time, entered the residence of victims, Robert and Rita Anderson, without authorization and armed himself with a knife.  Upon encountering Rita Anderson, as she entered her home from the grocery store, Smith stabbed her numerous times.  Smith then ran outside and attacked Robert Anderson, stabbing him several times.  Smith then fled in the Andersons vehicle, and after wrecking the vehicle, was apprehended by law enforcement.  Mr. Anderson died as a result of his injuries he sustained in the attack. 

 

Detective Beth McGee with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s department was the lead detective.

 

Assistant District Attorneys Rick Bryant and Denisse Parrales prosecuted the defendant for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.  Judge David Ritchie presided over the case. 

 

Sentencing will be set a later date.

 

 

 

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

     On January 9, 2017, Ronald Wayne Harrington, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of Possession of  Pornography Involving Juveniles.  Judge Guy Bradberry sentenced him to 15 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, as recommended by the State.  After release, Harrington will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

 

       The Louisiana State Police was conducting investigations into the sharing of Child Pornography files, where it was found that Harrington had downloaded several files involving illegal child pornography images and video files.  Harrington admitted to being responsible for the downloaded files.

 

       Investigator Michael Hebert handled the case for the Louisiana State Police.

 

      Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office. 

 

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

            On February 5, 2016 a jury convicted Mark Anthony Broussard, 60, of several sexually related offenses. He was found guilty of two counts of Aggravated Rape, one count of Molestation of a Juvenile, one count of Oral Sexual Battery and one count of Aggravated Oral Sexual Battery.

            Broussard, a former priest, was convicted of sexually assaulting two male altar servers several decades ago. One victim was assaulted between July 1, 1986 and September 6, 1988, while the other was assaulted between September 6, 1988 and July 1, 1991. Both victims were under the age of 12 when the abuse began.

            Judge David Ritchie ordered the defendant to be taken into custody pending sentencing. Sentencing is set for March 11, 2016 at 9 a.m. Broussard faces life in prison for the Aggravated Rape charges.

            Detective Katherine LeBlanc investigated the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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

Christopher Mace Convicted on Aggravated Incest Charges

      On January 15, 2016, a six-person jury convicted Christopher Shone Mace, 43, of three counts of Aggravated Incest.

      Mace was convicted of having a sexual relationship with a female family member between May and October of 2011. The victim was under the age of 18 at the time of the incidents.

      Judge David Ritchie set sentencing for March 11, 2016 at 9 a.m. Mace faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

      Detective Mike Primeaux handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

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

First Fresh Start Initiative Event Held

            On January 13, 2016, the first Calcasieu Parish Fresh Start Initiative event will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  Over 200 people are expected to be in attendance.

The Fresh Start Initiative is a joint endeavor between the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and many other collaborative partners across the community. The program is designed to offer non-violent offenders a new chance at their future. It will allow community members to move towards a better future for themselves and their families.

“It gives the citizens the opportunity to cleanse their record of crimes they’ve been convicted of earlier in life,” said District Attorney John DeRosier.

The program, which was instituted in early June 2015, will operate alongside other community organizations. One of the vital collaborative partners in this endeavor is Mark Judson and the Southwest Louisiana Law Center. The SWLA Law Center is a non-profit law firm whose mission is to provide first rate legal services to the economically disadvantaged of the community.

“This is huge, with a lot of moving parts and dedicated people,” said Judson. “District Attorney John DeRosier is to be commended for taking on such a wonderful project that will have a big impact in the lives of many in Calcasieu Parish. The Law Center is very proud and honored to be part of such a fantastic, marshaling of community resources.”

Two other major contributors are the Clerk of Court and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“We are pleased to be one of the many cooperating agencies working to make the Fresh Start Initiative a success,” said Clerk of Court Lynn Jones. “The goal of helping citizens gain employment and better their opportunities is a worthy endeavor. An event like this one requires many hours of preparation and organizing from all agencies involved. The Clerk of Court team is no exception. They are going above and beyond to help serve our community.”

“The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is pleased to participate in this program,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “Anytime we can help someone whose criminal history is preventing them from being gainfully employed is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

The main goal of this program is to help former offenders better themselves and, in turn, better the community as a whole.

“A lot of these offenders have a conviction(s) from ages 16-25 and are older now, planning for the future,” said DeRosier. “They look back at that anchor they dropped several years ago and realize its weight and how it’s preventing them from future developments. This program gives them the ability to obtain T.W.I.C. cards and hopefully obtain gainful employment. This gainful employment is what keeps people out of the criminal justice system.”

While the program will help many citizens, there are many factors under the expungement law. Not all cases qualify. Generally, violent crimes and sexual crimes are not eligible to be expunged.

Other organizations that have contributed to this endeavor are listed below.

  • Adrienne Wheeler, Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

  • The Honorable G. Michael Canaday, and the Honorable Ron Ware, 14th Judicial District Court Judges

  • Carheel and Associates

  • The Honorable Jamie Bice, Lake Charles City Court

  • Paul Pettifer, The City Church

  • Clerk of Court, Lake Charles City Court

  • Louisiana State Police, Colonel Mike Edmonson

  • Iowa Police Department, Chief Keith Vincent

  • Sulphur Police Department, Chief Lewis Coats

  • DeQuincy Police Department, Chief Mike Suchanek

  • Vinton Police Department, Chief Ricky Fox

  • Westlake Police Department, Chief Chris Wilrye

  • Lake Charles Police Department, Chief Don Dixon

For more information on how to get an expungement, click here.

 

Veterans Treatment Court Launched in Calcasieu Parish

On January 7, 2016, the Veterans Treatment Court was officially launch for Calcasieu Parish. This is a joint effort between the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office and the judges of the 14th Judicial District Court. This program aims to help veterans who have fallen into the criminal justice system.

 

To read more about the program, click here.

Robert Moore Sentenced to 30 Years for Molesting Child

 

            On December 15, 2015 Robert Anthony Moore, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of Molestation of a Juvenile with the victim being under 13-years-old. Judge Ron Ware sentenced him to 30 years in prison with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. The first 25 years will be served without the benefit of probation parole or suspension of sentence.

            The incident occurred on June 14, 2014. Moore was caught molesting a six-year-old female in a Sulphur home. He fled the scene but was apprehended shortly after the incident by officers with the Sulphur Police Department.

            Sergeant Mike Strother investigated the case for the Sulphur Police Department.

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

Bargeman Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

            On December 16, 2015 Judge Robert Wyatt sentenced Joseph Herbert Bargeman, 46, to 25 years in prison. The first 10 years of the sentence with the Louisiana Department of Corrections will be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. 

            Bargeman pleaded guilty on August 17, 2015 to one count of Forcible Rape. The incident occurred on May 30, 1991 in Lake Charles and remained unsolved until recent years. The victim, an 18-year-old woman, was leaving a restaurant on Highway 171 when Bargeman entered her vehicle from the passenger door and forced her into the backseat. He then took her to Fitzenreiter boat launch, stripped her of her clothing and brutally raped her before she was able to escape. DNA from the victim’s rape kit was matched to Bargeman in 2013.

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

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

 

District Attorney's Community Assistance Foundation Delivers Toys Across Calcasieu

The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Community Assistance Foundation recently donated toys across the parish to help those families in need this holiday season.


Toys are delivered every year to Sulphur, Westlake, Vinton, Dequincy, Iowa and the Oasis Women's Shelter.

Farry Sentenced to Life in Prison Following Habitual Offender Hearing

            On November 6, 2015 Judge David Ritchie sentenced William Chester Farry to life in prison with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. The sentence will be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

            Farry was convicted of Armed Robbery on June 17, 2015. Farry entered a Sulphur home on May 30, 2009 and demanded money from two individuals inside. Armed with a baseball bat, he tied both victims up and put them in a closet. Farry took a firearm and a pouch of foreign currency from the home.

            The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office filed a Habitual Offender Bill, because Farry has two prior felony convictions for Simple Burglary. A hearing was held to prove the previous convictions, and the law requires a sentence of life imprisonment under these circumstances.

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

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


McKeehan, Jr. Found Guilty of Second Degree Battery

            On November 6, 2015 Judge Ron Ware found James Oliver McKeehan, Jr. guilty of Second Degree Battery following a Bench Trial. The conviction stems from a March 21, 2015 incident in Lake Charles.

            McKeehan was convicted of beating a 49-year-old female at a home on Barbe Court. The victim suffered severe injuries to her face and had to be transported to Shreveport for surgery.

            The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office plans to file a Habitual Offender Bill since McKeehan has prior felony convictions. McKeehan could face life in prison.

            Judge Ware set sentencing for March 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. following a pre-sentence investigation.

            Detective Jeff Atkinson served at the lead detective on the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

            Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson handled the case for the Domestic Violence section of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Christy May and Assistant District Attorney Lori Nunn also helped with the prosecution.


Dangerfield Sentenced to Life in Prison

            On November 6, 2015 Judge David Ritchie sentenced Timothy Aaron Dangerfield to life in prison without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. The life term will be served at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

            Dangerfield was convicted of Second Degree Murder on September 21, 2015. A jury unanimously found him guilty of killing his girlfriend, Sha’Crista Nicole Jones, on September 29, 2011. Jones, 21, was found dead in a home on General Patton Street in Lake Charles. She had been shot, stabbed and beaten. Later that evening, Dangerfield attempted to break into a home on Tulip Street, before aiming a firearm at several law enforcement officers. He tested positive for PCP following the incident.

            Sergeant Lecia McCullough served as the lead detective on the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

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

Cooper Sentenced in Vehicular Homicide Case

           On November 4, 2015 Judge Ron Ware sentenced Derek Paul Cooper, 29, to 18 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

            Cooper pleaded guilty on June 24, 2015 to one count of Vehicular Homicide. The conviction stems from an incident that occurred on September 27, 2014. Cooper was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 in the Sulphur area. He collided with another vehicle driven by 31-year-old Jeremy Olivier. Olivier was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of the crash, Cooper’s blood alcohol content was 0.24, three times the legal limit.

            Judge Ware ordered Cooper to serve 18 years in prison, with three years suspended and credit for time served. The first five years of the sentence must be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Following his release, Cooper will be on supervised probation for two years.

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

            Assistant District Attorney David Palay handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.


Manetsch, Prejean Sworn in as Assistant District Attorneys

Two new Assistant District Attorneys, Patricia Manetsch and Taylor Prejean, were recently sworn in by Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier.


Patricia Manetsch joins the staff as the new Domestic Violence Assistant District Attorney. Manetsch is a native Spanish speaker and is also fluent in French. She was born in Switzerland and raised in Baton Rouge where she attended St. Joseph's Academy. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, graduating magna cum laude. After graduating she received her Juris Doctor from Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. During her time at LSU, Manetsch received CALI excellence awards in Constitutional Law II, Legal Ethics and Professionalism, and Immigration Law. She served as a student attorney and Spanish interpreter for the LSU Law Immigration Clinic. She was also the recipient of the 2014 Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorney's Scholarship.

Prejean will join the staff as a Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney. He's a native of DeQuincy and also a graduate of DeQuincy High School. He went on the receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication from McNeese State University. Before attending law school, Prejean spent nearly two years as a reporter for the American Press. He covered public safety and courts for the Lake Charles area. Prejean then received his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law in May of 2015, graduating magna cum laude. While in law school, Prejean served as an associate editor of the Mississippi College Law Review, and he was inducted into the American Inns of Court. He will serve as the Prosecutor for the 14th JDC and Ward 3 City Court.

DeRosier Adds Two Attorneys to Staff

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier recently swore in two new Assistant District Attorneys.


Bethany Allyce Blackson joins the staff as the new Child in Need of Care Attorney. Blackson is a proud native of Winnsboro, LA where she attended Franklin Parish High School. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Sociology. During her time at LSU, Blackson was named a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar. After graduating, she received her Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center where she served on the Student Bar Association as Secretary. Blackson also served as a student attorney for the Juvenile clinic and was inducted into Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and American Inns of Court. She will join the District Attorney's Office Juvenile division.


Charles "Dustin" Strauss also joins the staff at the District Attorney's Office. Strauss was raised in Hackberry, LA before pursuing his undergraduate education in Political Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. While in law school, Strauss was an active member of the trial team. He has a passion for trials and public speaking, leading him to pursue a career in prosecution. Prior to joining the staff, Strauss was a personal injury attorney. He will now serve as a Misdemeanor Attorney for the 14th JDC and Ward 3 City court.

Jury Convicts Terry Goodeaux of Sexual Battery

            On September 24, 2015 a jury unanimously convicted Terry James Goodeaux, 52, of two counts of Sexual Battery and one count of Attempted Simple Battery.           

            Goodeaux was convicted of attempting to touch a seven-year-old girl on July 24, 2013. He was also convicted of inappropriately touching two seven-year-old girls on August 7, 2013. Goodeaux lived in the same Lake Charles neighborhood as the victims. Another neighbor witnessed the August incident.

            Judge David Ritchie set sentencing for December 11, 2015 at 9 a.m. following a pre-sentence investigation. Because the Sexual Battery victims were under the age of 13, Goodeaux faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence on each count.

            Detective Cinnamon Salvador investigated the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

            Assistant District Attorney LaKetha Holmes handled the case for the Severe Child Abuse Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office with the help of First Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth.

LaGrange Students Learn about Cybercrimes

     Assistant District Attorney Brittany Bell-Chavis recently spoke to students at LaGrange High School about digital crimes.

     The students are studying digital lifestyles, and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office enjoyed taking part in their education. Many cybercrimes were covered including sexting and cyberbullying.
     Bell-Chavis is an Assistant District Attorney for the Juvenile Division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.


Dangerfield Convicted of Second Degree Murder

            On September 21, 2015 a jury unanimously convicted Timothy Aaron Dangerfield of Second Degree Murder.

            Dangerfield was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, Sha’Crista Nicole Jones, on September 29, 2011. Jones, 21, was found shot, stabbed and beaten in a home on General Patton Street. The incident continued with Dangerfield attempting to break into a home on Tulip Street and pointing a firearm at law enforcement officers. Dangerfield tested positive for PCP following the incident.

            Judge David Ritchie set sentencing for November 6, 2015 at 9 a.m. Dangerfield faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.

            Sergeant Lecia McCullough served as the lead detective on the case for the Lake Charles Police Department.

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

DeVillier Convicted in Operation 27 Case

            On September 15, 2015, Judge Sharon Wilson found William Joseph DeVillier, 36, guilty of one count of Conspiracy to Possess CDS II. DeVillier’s conviction comes from the lengthy Operation 27 investigation conducted by local law enforcement agencies.

            On March 12, 2014, DeVillier contacted Norvell Harris in reference to purchasing cocaine. Text messages were exchanged between the two regarding arrangements. DeVillier traveled to a location on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. Officers then observed DeVillier enter a vehicle occupied by Harris. A short time later, DeVillier exited the vehicle and left in another vehicle. DeVillier was followed to a location on Ryan Street, where officers made contact with him and identified him.  After the investigation ended, DeVillier was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Possess CDS II with the intent to Distribute.

            Judge Wilson convicted DeVillier of Conspiracy to Possess CDS II and set sentencing for December 3, 2015 at 9 a.m.

            Several members of the Combined Anti-Drug Team (C.A.T.) investigated the case under the direction of Louisiana State Police Senior Trooper Kent.

            Assistant District Attorney Brett Gaspard prosecuted the case for the C.A.T. division of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson Welcomes Community Leadership Opportunities

            Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson began his career as a prosecutor in Calcasieu Parish just last year, but he’s already taking advantage of the opportunities in his path.  

            In recent months, Johnson has been selected to both the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advisory Committee and the Oasis Women’s Shelter Board of Directors.

            LDAA President Hillar Moore appointed Johnson to the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advisory Committee, and he will serve as the only member from the 14th JDC until August of 2016. Johnson is one of only nine members statewide.

            Johnson was also recently referred to be on the Board of Directors for the Oasis Women’s Shelter. He was unanimously approved by the board. The board oversees the operation of Oasis, as well as helping to raise money and organize events.

            Johnson started as a Misdemeanor attorney for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, but now he handles the Domestic Violence Division.


Jonathon Jerome Guillory Sentenced to Life in Prison

            On September 9, 2015 Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Jonathon Jerome Guillory to the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. The life term will be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

            Guillory was convicted of Second Degree Murder on August 7, 2015. A jury found him guilty of shooting his girlfriend’s step-father, Felton Paul Boutte, in February of 2014. The incident occurred on Smith Road in Lake Charles. Family members separated Boutte and Guillory after the men had a physical altercation. Guillory then retrieved a firearm from another part of the home before coming back and shooting Boutte at least three times.

            Detective Timothy Scoggin handled the case for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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


Bishop Dubroc Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




















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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Cynthia Killingsworth will remain as the First Assistant District Attorney.


Joseph Bargeman Pleads to Forcible Rape

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jonathon Jerome Guillory Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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

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

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

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

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

Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Sentenced to Life in Prison

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

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

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

Ryan Adams Sentenced for Vehicular Homicide

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


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

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


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

Brittney Woodcock Pleads Guilty to Negligent Homicide

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

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

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

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

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


Marlon Thomas Convicted of Four Violent Felonies

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

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

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

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

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

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


Desmond General Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison on Drug Charges

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

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

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

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

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


Derek Paul Cooper Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

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


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

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


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


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

William Farry Found Guilty of Armed Robbery

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

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

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

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

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


Bishop Dubroc Convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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

David Wayne Sims Sentenced to Life in Prison

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

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

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

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

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

Leo Thibodeaux, Jr. Convicted of Second Degree Murder

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Rodasti Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

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

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

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

This is Rodasti’s third conviction involving a robbery.

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

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

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


New Assistant District Attorney Joins Calcasieu Parish Staff

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


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


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


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


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

David Sims Convicted of Aggravated Rape, Sexual Battery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Baumberger Sentenced to Life in Prison

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

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

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

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


Dale Wadric Winters Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

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

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

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

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

Ryan Allen Adams Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

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

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

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

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


Jury Convicts Jon Baumberger of Second Degree Murder

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

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

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

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

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

Garcia-Guevara Sentenced to Life in Prison

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

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

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

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

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

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




Jason Bennett Receives 20 Year Prison Term for Vehicular Homicide

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

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

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

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

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

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


Garcia-Guevara Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Rape

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

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

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

Judge David Ritchie set sentencing for February 20, 2015.

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

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





Kevin Hill Sentenced to Fifteen Years on Armed Robbery Charges

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Christopher Shane Benoit Receives 34 Years in Prison

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

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

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

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


Darren Ross Cruz Convicted of Second Degree Battery

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

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

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

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

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


Maurice Nelson Sentenced to Three Years for Attempted Manslaughter

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

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

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

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


Darterious Kemon Bartie Convicted of First Degree Robbery

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

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

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

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

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

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


Maurice Nelson Convicted of Attempted Manslaughter

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

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

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

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

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


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

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.


Dionte Daugherty Convicted of Attempted Murder, Home Invasion

 

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

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

            Judge Kent Savoie set sentencing for October 24, 2014.

            Sergeant Franklin Fondel handled the investigation for the Lake Charles Police Department.

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

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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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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

 

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.

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

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.

 

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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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.

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.

 

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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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.