Santa made an early delivery this week at two area nursing homes with a little help from District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office. As part of a project called “Socks for Seniors,” staff members donated 67 pairs of warm, new socks to the Good Samaritan nursing home in Franklinton and 93 pairs to the Lacombe nursing home—enough for each resident at each home to get a pair. Employees also wrote personal messages in two oversized, custom-designed cards for the residents. Santa’s helper (Investigator Tami Brisset) organized the event, wrapped each gift (with a little help from some young family members) and organized the delivery.
The Di strict Attorney’s Office wishes each of you a Merry Christmas!
FRANKLINTON—A Washington Parish grand jury indicted Michael Cotton, 66, a former investigator for the District Attorney’s Office, Thursday (Dec. 17) on charges that he threatened a female drug offender to obtain sex, assisted her in possessing a narcotic called Suboxone, and traded the influence of his position for sex with another woman.
Cotton, of Bogalusa, was charged with extortion, abuse of office, principal to possession of a Schedule III narcotic, and public bribery for crimes that took place from about March 2013 through about July 10, 2015. The charges were announced jointly Thursday by the District Attorney’s Office for the 22nd Judicial District (Washington and St. Tammany parishes) and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.
“No one is above the law,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said. “Public employees, particularly those charged with enforcing the law, have a higher obligation to abide by the law. It greatly disturbs me that a member of the criminal justice system would deal drugs and prey on the vulnerable. This violates the public trust, and such individuals will be vigorously prosecuted.”
Montgomery said the F.B.I. contacted him in the spring about its investigation into Cotton, who had been hired by the previous administration as a part-time investigator in May 2007. Cotton went on unpaid leave in April 2015 and was fired in August 2015. The District Attorney’s Office recused itself from prosecuting the case and contacted the Attorney General’s Office.
Cotton’s arrest on Friday (Dec. 11) resulted from a joint investigation that involved the FBI-New Orleans Division, Louisiana State Inspector General, Louisiana Attorney General’s Public Corruption Unit, Louisiana State Police and the District Attorney’s Office.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery met Fallon Turner, Washington Parish Free Fair Queen 2015, and members of the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce at the group’s most recent meeting Friday (Dec. 4) at the Sugar Shack in Franklinton. Montgomery, the guest speaker, highlighted some of his accomplishments during his first year in office.
Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair recently participated in Career Day at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville. The District Attorney’s Office operates a Speakers Bureau that provides speakers for area schools, churches, and community groups. For more information about the Speakers Bureau or to request a speaker, click here: http://damontgomery.org/speakers_bureau/ .
COVINGTON—A six-person jury found Louis Robertson, 57, of Slidell, guilty Tuesday of simple burglary for trying to steal a generator from a garage in February. Robertson faces up to 24 years in prison if he is sentenced as a habitual offender during a hearing Jan. 6 before District Judge Scott Gardner.
The victim testified during the trial that he has known Robertson since 1995, when they worked together doing landscaping. But on Feb. 13, the victim entered his garage and was startled to find Robertson, trying to steal a generator. Robertson had knocked other items out of place to get to the generator, but he fled when he spotted the victim. The victim notified police, and Slidell Police Department officers were dispatched to investigate.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia handled the prosecution. The jury deliberated 30 minutes before finding Robertson guilty as charged.
FRANKLINTON—Glenn Guyn, 49, of Mount Hermon, was sentenced Monday (Dec. 7) as a multiple offender to 40 years in prison for operating a methamphetamine lab in his home. A Washington Parish jury found Guyn guilty of the crime on Oct. 13.
The Washington Parish Drug Task Force was working in the Mount Hermon area on March 14 when officers stopped a vehicle that was being driven erratically by Guyn. During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered baggies that contained powder, which was later determined to be methamphetamine. Officers then obtained a search warrant for Guyn’s home, where they discovered items used in the production of methamphetamine.
The jury found Guyn guilty of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and creating and operating a clandestine lab for unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. Guyn pled guilty to armed robbery in 1989 and also has prior convictions for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession with the intent to distribute hydrocodone and Alprazolam.
Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea handled the case before District Judge Richard A. Swartz, Jr.
COVINGTON—Brandon Domino, 25, of New Orleans, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for an armed robbery in April in Slidell. Domino pled guilty before District Judge Raymond Childress to armed robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The crime occurred about 6:30 a.m. on April 28, 2015, near Coast Boulevard in Slidell, where Domino and an accomplice confronted a man, then 24, at gunpoint. Domino took the victim’s cell phone, wallet, and car. The vehicle was located the next day at a Kenner gas station, but before police could reach him, Domino fled, leaving his girlfriend and her two small children in the car. About a month later, police caught up with Domino at the emergency room of University Hospital in New Orleans, where he was receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to his face.
In a separate case, Jamar Francis, 28, of Slidell, also pled guilty Tuesday to aggravated burglary and second offense domestic abuse battery. Francis was sentenced to eight years in prison on the burglary charge and five years on the domestic abuse battery charge. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Francis broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home on Sept. 12 at about 5:30 a.m., while she was asleep. She awakened in her bedroom to find him standing over her with a box cutter. When she ordered him to leave, he threatened to kill her and her family if she screamed. She screamed anyway, he fled from the house, and she called 9-1-1.
Assistant District Attorney Joey Oubre prosecuted both cases before District Judge Raymond S. Childress.
FRANKLINTON—Stanley L. Green, 36, of Franklinton, was sentenced Wednesday (Dec. 2) to spend the rest of his life in prison for the aggravated rape of a girl who was 6 years old when the incidents occurred. A Washington Parish jury found Green guilty Nov. 18 of aggravated rape and sexual battery of a victim under 13.
Aggravated rape carries a mandatory life sentence. Green was sentenced to 40 years in prison on the sexual battery charge. Assistant District Attorney John Alford has filed a multiple offender bill against Green, who has a prior felony conviction. Under the bill, Green’s sentence could increase to from 49 to 198 years on the sexual battery charge when District Judge Martin Coady holds a hearing Tuesday (Dec. 8).
Green was charged with aggravated rape and sexual battery in January 2013, after the girl’s mother reported the incidents to police. On two occasions, the girl was left in Green’s care, and he forced her to perform oral sex on him and touched her sexually. The girl later told her mother, who confronted Green and about a month later reported him to authorities.
During the investigation, Green confessed on video to inappropriate behavior with the girl, who is now 10.
COVINGTON— Darion Causey, 23, of Slidell, pled guilty Monday (Nov. 30) to obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact for helping to cover up a 2013 slaying in Slidell. District Judge Allison Penzato sentenced him to seven years in prison on the obstruction charge and five years for accessory, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Causey was the fifth and final defendant sentenced in the death of Leighton Powe, Jr., 22, who thought he was meeting a group of men on Sept. 7, 2013, behind a Dollar General store on Robert Boulevard in Slidell, to sell marijuana. Instead, the men carried out a plan to rob Powe, and one of them shot him in the head.
Last Tuesday (Nov. 24), KiShion Griffin, 20, of Slidell, pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 27 years in prison for his role in the killing. Griffin helped plan the robbery but has maintained that he was not present when Powe was killed.
Powe met the men to sell marijuana, but soon after he climbed into the front passenger seat, Bobby Isidore, 22, one of the backseat passengers, grabbed Powe from behind. Another passenger, Felix Adams, 23, fired the fatal shot. The men then drove a few miles and dumped Powe’s body in a ditch just beyond the Slidell city limits.
Afterwards, Adams set the truck on fire, and Trenton Johnson, 21, the truck’s owner and the driver on the night of the crime, reported it as stolen. Within a week, the Slidell Police Department had pieced the crime together and arrested all of the men.
Johnson pled guilty in December 2014 to manslaughter and received a 25-year sentence in exchange for testifying against the others. After a jury trial, Adams was found guilty of second degree murder and obstruction of justice, and he was sentenced in April to life in prison plus 20 years. Isidore also was convicted by a jury of second degree murder and sentenced in July to life in prison.
Assistant District Attorneys Jay Adair and Becky Jo Hollen handled the Causey and Griffin cases.