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Daniel Read
Daniel Read

COVINGTON—-District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Daniel Read, age 35 of Slidell, pled guilty on February 24th, 2015, to molestation of a juvenile. 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Read to 20 years in prison without the benefits of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Julie Knight prosecuted the State’s case.

The victim and her family supported the plea agreement.

Read was arrested in April 2012 by the Slidell Police Department after a 4 year old female victim was sexually abused. The abuse came to light when a member of Read’s family observed the victim in a state of undress with the defendant in his room, and informed the victim’s mother. Both families contacted police to report the sexual abuse. During the subsequent investigation, the victim disclosed that Daniel Read had molested her.

Molestation of a juvenile is punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 40 years with 5 years to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

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Kendrick Taylor

 

FRANKLINTON—-District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Kendrick Taylor, age 38 of Franklinton, was found guilty on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, of attempted possession of 28 to 200 grams of cocaine. The 12 person Washington Parish Jury deliberated for an hour before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Martin Coady. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. prosecuted the State’s case in the 2 day trial.

On July 15th, 2013, after a motel employee discovered that the defendant, Kendrick Taylor, was processing crack cocaine in his motel room, The Franklinton Police Department established surveillance. Subsequently, when the defendant returned and observed the Police, he fled through an adjacent drainage canal. The Police located over 175 grams of cocaine in the drainage canal while attempting to apprehend the defendant. Taylor was arrested when he exited the canal.

Judge Coady will sentence Taylor on March 6th, 2015. Attempted possession of 28 to 200 grams of cocaine is punishable by imprisonment for up to 15 years. Taylor could face from 7 ½ to 30 years in prison if found to be a career criminal due to a prior armed robbery conviction in 1998.

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Jeremy Wise
Jeremy Wise

CONVINGTON—-District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jeremy Wise, age 26 of Slidell, has pled guilty as charged to three drug charges and a home invasion charge. 22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris sentenced Wise to 15 years in prison for possession of marijuana 3rd offense, 5 years in prison for possession of cocaine, and 5 years in prison for possession of alprazolam, to be served consecutively for a total of 25 years. Judge Burris also sentenced Wise to 15 years in prison for the home invasion charge to be served concurrently with the other sentences. Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing prosecuted the State’s case.

Wise has three prior felony convictions for burglary, three for possession of marijuana, two for injuring public records, one for possession of testosterone, and one for theft.

Wise was arrested in August 2014 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Slidell Police Department after a search of a Slidell mobile home. Police went to the trailer hoping to arrest a wanted man when Wise opened the door. Wise denied knowing the fugitive before consenting to a search. Police found a marijuana cigarette in an ash tray and alprazolam, cocaine, and marijuana hidden in a closet.

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Felix Adams

 

COVINGTON—-District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Felix Adams, Jr., age 22 of Slidell, was found guilty as charged of second degree murder, armed robbery, and obstruction of justice on Thursday, February 12thh, 2015. The twelve member St. Tammany Jury deliberated an hour and a half before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Alison Penzato. Assistant District Attorneys Julie Knight and Harold Bartholomew, Jr. prosecuted the State’s case.

Adams and four accomplices were arrested by the Slidell Police Department after an adult male victim was killed. Adams shot the victim in the head while robbing him of drugs. The victim was mortally injured by the gun shot and was left in a ditch where he died. The vehicle where the shooting occurred was set on fire in an effort to obstruct the police investigation.

One accomplice, Trenton Johnson, age 20 of Slidell, was the driver of the vehicle where the shooting took place and pled guilty to manslaughter on December 19th, 2014. Johnson was sentenced by Judge Penzato to 25 years in prison.

Another accomplice, Darion Causey, age 22 of Slidell is set for trial in March 2015 for obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact charges. A third accomplice, Bobby Isidore, age 21 of Slidell, is awaiting trial in March 2015 on second degree murder and obstruction of justice charges. The final accomplice, Kishion Griffin, age 19 of Slidell, is awaiting trial in March 2015 for second degree murder.

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Steven Jermaine Charles
Steven Jermaine Charles

COVINGTON—-District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Steven Jermaine Charles, age 36 of Houma, was found guilty as charged today of aggravated flight from an officer. The twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated one hour before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner. Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia prosecuted the State’s case.

Charles was arrested in May 2014 by the Slidell Police Department after fleeing from Police when ordered to stop for outstanding warrants. Charles ran four stop signs and drove on the wrong side of the street before coming to a stop in a driveway. Charles then fled on foot jumping two fences before the canine unit chased him into a pond. Officers convinced Charles to return to shore where he was found to have no driver’s license or insurance and had two small unrestrained children in his vehicle.

Judge Gardner will sentence Charles on March 2, 2015. Aggravated flight from an officer is punishable by imprisonment for up to two years. Charles could be sentenced as a career criminal due to prior felony convictions for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, introduction of contraband into a penal institution, felony possession of marijuana, and possession of cocaine.

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Douglas Casborn
Douglas Casborn

CONVINGTON—-District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Douglas Casborn, age 54 of Slidell, pled guilty as charged on Monday, February 9th, 2015, to aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated obstruction of a highway, and possession of cocaine. Casborn also pled guilty as charged to two counts of first degree robbery. 22nd Judicial District Judge William Knight sentenced Casborn to 27 years in prison as a career criminal. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. prosecuted the State’s case.

Casborn has prior felony convictions for forgery, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, distribution of cocaine, aggravated battery, and theft.

Casborn was arrested in October 2014 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Officer after a traffic stop. The Deputy attempted to stop Casborn’s vehicle after realizing that Casborn‘s license plate matched that of a vehicle that was was involved in robberies earlier in the month. Casborn sped away running red lights at a high rate of speed on Highway 433 until he ran off the road at Silver Oak. Casborn wrestled with the Deputy before being arrested. Casborn was found to be in possession of cocaine.

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COVINGTON—-District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that the St. Tammany Parish Grand jury met today and returned true bills on three defendants in two cases. Chief of Trials Ronnie Gracianette presented the cases to the Grand Jury

Clayton Maricle, age 17 of Slidell, and Marty Anderson, age 41 of Slidell were arrested in January 2015 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after an adult male victim was stabbed to death. The Grand Jury returned true bills in the case and charged Maricle with second degree murder and Anderson with obstruction of justice.

Michael White, age 41 of Slidell, was arrested by the Slidell Police Department in January 2015 after a pedestrian was run over and died of his injuries after being taken to the hospital. The Grand Jury returned a true bill in the case and charged White with vehicular homicide.

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COVINGTON—-District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Barbara Sequeira, age 57 of Lacombe, was found guilty as charged today of possession of a legend drug. The six person St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated 30 minutes before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Ad Hoc Donald Fendlason. Assistant District Attorney Joseph Oubre prosecuted the State’s case in the 2 day trial. Sequeira was arrested in September 2014 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop. The vehicle she was riding in had no license plate. The Deputy asked Sequeira to exit the vehicle and noticed her throwing something to the ground. The item discarded was found to be methocarbamol a prescription muscle relaxer used to treat pain and injury. Judge Fendlason will sentence Sequeira on February 12, 2015. Unlawful possession of a legend drug is punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years. The defendant was offered the Diversion Program prior to going to trial, but turned it down.