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From the Lake: DA Warren Montgomery was in the studios this morning. We talked Veteran’s Court, technology and about his plans for the Christmas break. Thanks to the DA for his time. He said info will be online soon at the new Vet’s Court on DAMontgomery.org.
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that a St. Tammany Parish jury has found Jason Yates, 39, of Grand Bay, Alabama, guilty of downloading multiple files containing child pornography at his Covington office three years ago. The jury returned the guilty verdict Thursday (Dec. 8) on five counts of possession of pornography of juveniles under 13 and two counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles.
Yates, who worked as a warehouse employee at a company that installed satellite dishes, faces from 10 to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced by District Judge William Knight on Jan. 5, 2017.
Yates’ crime came to light when the investigation division of the Louisiana Department of Justice (Attorney General’s Office) was alerted that files suggestive of child pornography had been downloaded to a computer at a Covington business. An investigation by Brian Brown, Lisa Maher, Brett LaBauve, and Alex Harris of the Louisiana Department of Justice led to Yates, who was alone in the office when the files were downloaded.
Assistant District Attorneys John Alford and Luke Lancaster prosecuted the case.
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury on Thursday (Dec. 8) indicted Jerry J. Kan, 58, a former cook at an assisted living facility in Mandeville, of raping an elderly woman who lived there. Kan was formally charged with first degree rape of a person over the age of 65.
On August 26, an employee of Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living contacted the Mandeville Police Department with information about possible sexual misconduct between Kan, who was working at the facility at the time, and a 78-year-old resident. Kan had been seen exiting the resident’s room several times on Aug. 21. A nurse who went to check on the resident after Kan left found her partially clothed and attempting to get dressed. An investigation resulted in Kan’s arrest on August 29.
Beau Provence exclusively serves people who have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. An administrator at the facility was later charged with obstruction of justice. Her case is still under review.
FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that Kyle Warren, 26, of Bogalusa, has pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery for robbing a Bogalusa convenience store and attacking the cashier and a customer with a pipe earlier this year.
After Warren’s guilty plea on Tuesday (Dec. 6), District Judge Martin Coady sentenced him to 25 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
Warren was one of two masked men who entered the Thrifty Shop in Bogalusa about 9:45 p.m. on Feb. 9 with pipes and began to attack the cashier and a customer. The cashier and customer fought back, causing the masked men to flee. The event was captured on the store’s surveillance system. The clerk told Bogalusa Police Department officers that the two men had been visiting the store frequently before the robbery.
An investigation by the Bogalusa police led to the arrest of Warren and his father, Ronald Warren, who is set for trial Dec. 12.
Kyle Warren also pleaded guilty to other pending charges, including domestic abuse battery by strangulation and second degree battery for attacking a pregnant woman last year. He was sentenced to five years in prison. He was sentenced to two years in prison after his guilty plea to theft for stealing money from a woman’s purse in a Wal Mart grocery cart. Both sentences will be served concurrently with the 25-year term.
A Washington Parish grand jury indicted Lance J. Grandison, 31, of Franklinton, Wednesday (Nov. 29) of aggravated rape of a victim under 13.
Grandison is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl who was left in his care about five years ago. The victim, now 11, disclosed the rape to her mother, who contacted the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Grandison was arrested on a warrant about seven months later.