11. May 2022
Constance Sentenced to 40 Years for Rape
Today, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Joseph H. Constance, 27, Moss Bluff, to the maximum sentence of 40 years in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence on one (1) count Second Degree Rape. In 2018, Constance forcefully raped the victim who was 13 years old at the time of the crime. Constance threatened the victim and told her that if she ever told anyone what happened that he would hurt her and her family. “I am beyond proud of the victim in this...
09. May 2022
Shepherd Found Guilty as Charged of Armed Robbery
On May 6, Kendrick N. Shepherd, 35, Sulphur, was found guilty as charged of one (1) count Armed Robbery. In 2018, Shepherd violently robbed 2 gas stations just 5 days apart. During the first armed robbery, Shepherd was armed with a glass beer bottle that he used as a weapon and struck the cashier with while he stole goods and money. During the second robbery, Shepherd got into a violent, physical altercation with the cashier and robbed them of goods and money. Due to Shepherd’s violent...
05. May 2022
Jefferson Sentenced for Manslaughter
On May 4, Judge Derrick Kee sentenced Brandon J. Jefferson, 27, Lafayette, to 38 years at hard labor in prison on one (1) count Manslaughter. In 2019, Jefferson drove from Lafayette to Lake Charles and senselessly and violently shot and killed the victim at an apartment complex. Assistant District Attorney Bobby Holmes prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.
19. April 2022
Chatman Found Guilty of Manslaughter and Feticide
On April 18, Vernell A. Chatman, Jr., 35, Lake Charles, was found guilty on one (1) count Manslaughter; and one (1) count Second Degree Feticide. In 2019, Chatman choked and brutally beat an 8 months pregnant woman and left her body in the freezing cold. The victim and unborn baby died as a result of their injuries. Chatman is being held without bond. Sentencing will be held July 22, 2022 before Judge Michael Canaday. Assistant District Attorneys Charles Robinson and Taylor Alexander prosecuted...
08. April 2022
Lopez Sentenced for Manslaughter and Racketeering
Today, April 8, Judge Kendrick Guidry sentenced Jason Lee Lopez, 38, Highlands, Tx, to 40 years in prison at hard labor on one (1) count Manslaughter; and 20 years in prison at hard labor on one (1) count Racketeering. Both of these sentences are to run consecutive, for a total of 60 years in prison, without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. In 2017, Lopez was accused of killing a man and dumping his body in a Louisiana field. Lopez was also accused of being a debt...
17. March 2022
Snider Sentenced to Life for Murder
Today, March 17th, Judge Michael Canaday sentenced James Sanford Snider, 62, Lake Charles, to life in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence on one (1) count Second Degree Murder; and twenty (20) years in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence on one (1) count Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies. The sentences are to run concurrently. On September 24, 2020, Snider shot and...
24. February 2022
Withers Sentenced to Life for Aggravated Rape
Yesterday, February 24, Judge Robert Wyatt sentenced Derrick C. Withers, 28, of Lake Charles, to life in prison without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence on two (2) counts Aggravated Rape. The sentences are to run concurrently. In 2015, Withers repeatedly sexually abused two victims ages ranging from 5 to 7 years old at the time of the crimes. “Child abuse cases are the worst of the worst. It is incredibly difficult to listen to testimony and see evidence of these types...
22. February 2022
Vice Sentenced to Life for Murder
Today, February 22, Michael E. Vice, 50, Lake Charles was sentenced to life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence on one (1) count second degree murder. In 2018, Vice and his ex-girlfriend were driving down the road when Vice shot his ex-girlfriend in the head with a pistol. Vice then called 911 and stated that she had accidentally shot herself. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Lake Charles Police Officers arrived on scene and placed Vice under...
11. February 2022
Lopez Found Guilty of Manslaughter
Today, February 12, Jason Lee Lopez, 38, Highlands, Tx, was found guilty of one (1) count Manslaughter and one (1) count Racketeering. In 2017, Lopez was accused of killing a man and dumping his body in a Louisiana field. Lopez was also accused of being a debt collector for a high-profile drug distributor. Sentencing for Lopez will be held April 8, 2022 before Judge Kendrick Guidry. Assistant District Attorneys Charles Robinson and Taylor Alexander prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish...
07. January 2022
Bartie Sentenced for Kidnapping
Today, January 7, Judge David Ritchie sentenced RJ Bartie, 41, to 30 years in prison on one (1) count home invasion; 30 years in prison on one (1) count second degree kidnapping; and 20 years in prison on (1) count attempted second degree kidnapping. These sentences are to run concurrently and are all without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. In September 2021, Bartie, was found guilty as charged on both one (1) count home invasion and one (1) count second degree...

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