13. June 2022
Pentecost Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide
On June 13th, Marcus K. Pentecost, 30, Sulphur, pled guilty to one (1) count Vehicular Homicide and one (1) count Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Pentecost to twenty (20) years prison on the Vehicular Homicide charge and twenty (20) years prison on the Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon charge. Both sentences are without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. The sentences are to run concurrently. In January of 2022,...
31. May 2022
Watson Pleads Guilty to Forcible Rape
On May 31st, Lorenzo D. Watson, 45, Lake Charles, pled guilty to one (1) count Forcible Rape. Judge Derrick Kee sentenced Watson to twenty (20) years in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Watson must also register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. In 1997, Watson broke into the victim’s home, tied her up and violently raped her at knifepoint. For more than twenty (20) years, the victim did not know who the perpetrator was until...
31. May 2022
Gaspard & Duplechin Plead Guilty to Carnal Knowledge
Today, May 31st, Darren S. Gaspard, 57, Lake Charles, & Kenneth M. Duplechin, 58, Lake Charles, each pled guilty to one (1) count Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. Judge Michael Canaday sentenced Gaspard to ten (10) years prison suspend all but three (3) and Duplechin to ten (10) years prison suspend all but four (4). Each will have to register as a sex offender. In 2019, Duplechin picked up a 14-year-old girl on the side of the road and then brought her to his house where he and Gaspard both...
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...

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