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A Message from Our District Attorney

As District Attorney, the principle by which I will run this office is to make decisions based on the merits, based on the facts, based on hard work and the results of that hard work. That’s the American way, the American Dream. We are blessed to live where we live. This is a great community. This is a great place to raise a family. This is a great place to start a business. This a great place to seek and follow the American Dream. And the reason that these things are true is, the people who live here. That’s what makes this a great community.

Mission Statment

The Office of District Attorney of the 22nd Judicial District is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and justice, protecting the public and serving our community through the ethical prosecution of criminal offenses and civil matters while safeguarding the rights of all citizens, including the accused.

Goals

▪ To help improve the quality of life for all residents of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes ▪ Create and maintain open communication to promote the best interests of the community, ensuring that the public is kept informed of the work we are doingRead more

Community Roundtable

News

  • Judge Finds Pearl River Man Guilty of Second-Degree Murder

    Judge Finds Pearl River Man Guilty of Second-Degree Murder

    COVINGTON—Billie Rawson, Jr., 42, of Pearl River, was found guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the stabbing death of his father nearly three years ago. District Judge William J. Burris announced the verdict after a two-day trial in his courtroom without a jury. Rawson faces mandatory life imprisonment Oct. 31, when he is sentenced by …
  • District Attorney’s Office Receives Grant to Study Veterans Court

    District Attorney’s Office Receives Grant to Study Veterans Court

    COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office has received a grant to study the feasibility of implementing a specialty court that would steer some military veterans who have committed crimes to drug, mental health, and other treatment, instead of jail. The initiative, spearheaded by Montgomery and District Judge Raymond S. Childress, will bring together a team of …
  • D.A. Warren Montgomery’s Response to Councilman Michael Lorino’s Comments

    D.A. Warren Montgomery’s Response to Councilman Michael Lorino’s Comments

    At the St. Tammany Parish Council meeting last night (Aug. 4), District 4 Councilman Michael Lorino, Jr., made a comment regarding the civil litigation between parish government and the District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Lorino said in part “it takes two to mediate…and the St. Tammany Parish President and St. Tammany Parish Council were willing to …
  • Bogalusa Man Gets 50 Years in Prison for Robbing and Shooting Man

    Bogalusa Man Gets 50 Years in Prison for Robbing and Shooting Man

    COVINGTON—Demetric Q. Sowell, 24, of Bogalusa, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence for attempted first degree murder, armed robbery, and armed robbery with a firearm. District Judge Richard A. Swartz, Jr., issued the sentence July 26, after Sowell pleaded guilty to the charges. …
  • Slidell Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Raping Boy and Molesting Another

    Slidell Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Raping Boy and Molesting Another

    July 29, 2016 COVINGTON—John P. Montelepre, 25, of Slidell, was sentenced Thursday (July 28) to 20 years in prison and required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life for raping a then 13-year-old boy about seven years ago and also sexually molesting another boy. District Judge William J. Burris issued …