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Slidell Man To Be Sentenced Jan. 6 for Attempted Murder of Brother and Friend

Dondrique Lewis
Dondrique Lewis

COVINGTON— Local rapper Dondrique Lewis, 27, of Slidell, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6 by District Judge Scott Gardner for the attempted second-degree murder of his half brother and a longtime friend in a shooting incident three years ago in Slidell. A St. Tammany Parish jury found Lewis guilty as charged Wednesday (Nov. 18), after nearly two hours of deliberation.

Lewis faces from 10 to 50 years in prison on each count, without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia prosecuted the case with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Harold Bartholomew.

The motive of the shootings remains unclear, but the incident began on the morning of March 21, 2012, as Dondrique Lewis and his brother, Damian L. Lewis, 30, were visiting their sister’s home in Slidell. Dondrique was inside, and Damian was standing in the yard with a friend. A gunshot rang out from inside the house, and the two men who were outdoors fled in opposite directions.

About a block away, Damian Lewis stopped running when he realized that his brother was running beside him. But Dondrique was hiding a gun behind his back and fired at his brother, striking Damian in the the back of the head as Damian tried to run away.

Dondrique then walked about two more blocks, knocked on a door and asked for his longtime friend, Andre A. Jackson, 38. When Jackson came to the door, Dondrique shot him in the chest, hip, and hand. Jackson’s wife called 9-1-1 about 9 a.m. to report that he had been shot, and officers from the Slidell Police Department were dispatched to the scene. While investigating that shooting, the officers were notified about the first shooting.

Dondrique Lewis was arrested later that morning after he showed up at a neighborhood grocery and told someone there that he wanted to talk to police about the shootings.

 

Jury Finds Franklinton Man, 60, Guilty of Attempted Burglary of Alderman’s Home

William Washington
William Washington

FRANKLINTON—A Washington Parish jury found William Washington, 60, of Franklinton, guilty Tuesday of attempted simple burglary for an incident in June when he was discovered in Alderman T.J. Butler’s garage without permission. Washington’s sentencing hearing has been set for Jan. 22 before District Judge Richard Swartz, Jr.

Franklinton police were called to Butler’s home on June 18 this year, shortly after Butler walked into his garage and found an intruder, attempting to steal items. Butler, a retired principal, recognized Washington and ordered him to “get out.” Washington fled without taking anything, but a knife that had been removed from a shelf was later found on the garage floor.

Butler provided a detailed description and Washington’s last name to Cpl. Clay Arceneaux, who investigated the case for the Franklinton Police Department. With the help of witnesses, Arceneaux tracked down Washington and arrested him.

A six-member jury deliberated an hour Tuesday before returning the guilty verdict.

 

 

Statement from District Attorney Warren Montgomery Opposing Proposition No. 5

I oppose Proposition 5 on the Nov. 21st ballot because it is not in the best interests of the people of St. Tammany Parish. This amendment to the Home Rule Charter would remove the District Attorney’s Office as the legal representative for the Parish President, Parish Council, and the boards and agencies created by parish ordinance.

A vote against this proposition would mean:

Lower costs for taxpayers

The creation of a new legal department for the parish likely would require additional staff and unnecessary expenses. The District Attorney’s Office is the largest legal firm in St. Tammany Parish and can provide basic legal services to parish entities at a cost savings. The District Attorney’s Office can bring in special counsel to assist in handling technical areas of the law, as needed, thus keeping the costs of such services to a minimum.

More Independence

The Parish Council has 14 members with different political ideologies and influences. My administration has pushed to keep politics out of the legal system. The District Attorney’s Office can offer independent advice based on what is most sound legally, not politically.

More Accountability

Under Proposition 5, the legal representatives of the parish would work for parish officials. The District Attorney works for the people. The District Attorney is hired and fired by the people. The District Attorney’s Office offers impartial legal advice in the best interests of the people of St. Tammany Parish.

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Slidell Man Gets 40 Years in Prison for Manslaughter

Sumner Andrew
Andrew Sumner

COVINGTON—Andrew J. Sumner, 22, of Slidell, has been sentenced to 40 years at hard labor for manslaughter in the 2012 death of a woman who was stabbed to death and set on fire in her Slidell apartment. Judge Allison H. Penzato sentenced Sumner Thursday (Oct. 29) for his role in the killing of Ashley King, who was stabbed 13 times and burned in her home.

Sumner was an acquaintance of King on Feb. 22, 2012, when he brought his then-best friend, Devin Baham, with him to her Slidell apartment ostensibly to buy prescription pills. The men actually had concocted a plan to rob King, but when she grew suspicious and began asking questions, Baham attacked her, stabbing her repeatedly.

Sumner took pills and cash from the apartment and fled from the scene with his girlfriend, Katelyn Lusich, who at the time was 17 years old and pregnant. She had come along for the ride but waited in the car while the men were inside the apartment. When they made it home, Lusich hid the pills and cash for Sumner and washed his clothes. Sumner returned to pick up Baham from a park near King’s apartment, and the men backtracked about 4 a.m. the next day to the crime scene, which Baham then set on fire.

Slidell police officers Jim Davis and Sgt. Sean McClain and former Slidell police officer Robert Chadwick unraveled the scheme through their investigation.

Lusich, now 21 and Sumner’s wife, pled guilty in November 2014 to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Baham, now 24, was convicted in May and sentenced to serve 70 years for manslaughter, aggravated arson, and obstruction of justice. Sumner pled guilty in March, and Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair handled his sentencing last week.