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D.A. speaks at Expungement Clinic

District Attorney Warren Montgomery and Sonjanita Jordan, President of the New Orleans Paralegal Association, were among those who participated in the “Know Your Rights” expungement clinic, sponsored by Louisiana United International and the NAACP on July 15 in Slidell. The paralegal association volunteered its legal services, and Mr. Montgomery was one of the speakers.

Slidell Man Convicted of First Degree Robbery and Obstruction of Justice

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July 25, 2017

Slidell Man Convicted of First Degree Robbery and Obstruction of Justice

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Kyran Javon Vaughn, 20, of Slidell, was convicted Friday (July 21) of first degree robbery and obstruction of justice for stealing an iPad from a man at gunpoint last September. Vaughn, who was convicted of simple kidnapping two years ago, is set to be sentenced before District Judge Raymond Childress on Aug. 1.

The victim had just left his home in Slidell around 1 a.m. when a car drove up beside him and stopped. Vaughn, who was wearing a mask and carrying a gun, ordered the victim to empty his pockets and asked if he had a phone. The victim said he had an iPad and was ordered to give it to Vaughn with the password. The victim was then instructed to turn and run away.
Video surveillance in the area ultimately helped to track down Vaughn and the driver of the car. Vaughn later tried to prevent the victim from coming to court and tried to get the co-defendant to change his statement and lie.
Assistant District Attorneys Becky Jo Hollen and Lewis Murray prosecuted the case.

Jury Finds Lacombe Man Guilty of Armed Robbery

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Kendell Cagler, 36, of Lacombe, guilty last Thursday (July 20) of armed robbery and being a convicted felon with a firearm for stealing a car from a woman in 2015. Cagler, who has three prior drug convictions, is scheduled to be sentenced by District Judge Richard Swartz, Jr., on Aug. 16.

The incident occurred May 18, 2015, after a small group of people, including Cagler, partied together, drinking alcohol and using drugs, at a house where the victim was staying. The victim then offered to give Cagler and two others a ride home, and they all left together. After the victim dropped off a female passenger, Cagler pulled out a gun, fired it, and ordered the victim to return to her house.

The victim said Cagler hit her in the head with the gun when she initially resisted. She eventually complied, though, and Cagler ordered her and the other passenger out of the car. As they ran away, Cagler fired more shots and sped away.

Cagler was found not guilty of aggravated second degree battery.

Assistant District Attorneys John Alford and Roy Burns III prosecuted the case.

Former St. Tammany Recreation District Director Charged With Theft

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Anthony Benson Andre, 58, former director of St. Tammany Parish Recreation District No. 4, was charged Thursday (July 20) with theft over $750 but less than $5,000 for the alleged misuse of district funds.

The charges stem from an investigative report by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, which found personal charges on the district’s credit card and undocumented cash travel advances.

“When you are in a position of public trust, you will be held accountable,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery expressed appreciation to the legislative auditor for shining light on the recreation district’s financial problems. Assistant District Attorney Butch Wilson has been assigned to prosecute the case.

To see the Felony Bill of Information click here Bill of Information for Anthony Andre

Grand Jury Indicts Slidell Dad with First Degree Murder in Infant’s Death

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Anthony Dearmas, 25, of Slidell, with first degree murder Thursday (July 20) in the death of his 7-week-old son in May.
The baby had been left in Dearmas’ care and was found to be unresponsive when police arrived at a Slidell home on May 10. The infant later died as a result of blunt force trauma and multiple skull fractures.

DA Blood Drive for Steve Scalise

District Attorney Warren Montgomery is sponsoring a blood drive for Congressman Steve Scalise.

Thursday, July 27th from 11:30 – 3:30
701 N. Columbia Street – Covington
Blood Center Bus – South Side

Congressman Steve Scalise is now in fair condition after having undergone three surgeries requiring multiple transfusions and more surgeries are expected.

Now is the time to come together and share your good health by giving The Gift of Life for Steve and the many other innocent victims of crimes who need blood when least expected. Blood cannot be manufactured. Volunteer donors are the life-saving link!

All blood types are needed.

 

Franklinton Man Gets 15 Years for Armed Robbery

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June 21, 2017

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lavarion Savon Jefferson, 18, of Franklinton, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence for armed robbery with a firearm.

Judge Pro Tempore Don Fendlason sentenced Jefferson on June 12 to 10 years for the armed robbery and five additional years for carrying a firearm. The sentences are to be served consecutively. A Washington Parish jury had convicted Jefferson May 11 after a two-day trial.

The crime occurred last year, when Jefferson and another man entered a Franklinton home on June 21 at 12:30 a.m. and walked into the bathroom, where a woman had been bathing her two-year-old son. Pointing a gun at the victim, Jefferson said, “Look at your son, not at me.”

Dressed in black pants and a dark hoodie, partially covering his face, Jefferson demanded to know where cash was kept in the home. The victim told him where to find a bedroom safe and coin jar, which together contained $230. The men then fled with the cash. An investigation by the Franklinton Police Department identified Jefferson as the gunman.

Former Fontainebleau High School Coach Pleads Guilty to Molesting Student

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June 21, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that William L. Leto, 38, of Bush, a former math teacher and assistant girls’ basketball coach at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, pleaded guilty Monday (June 19) to molestation of a juvenile by a teacher.

District Judge Richard Swartz, Jr., sentenced Leto to five years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Upon release, Leto must register as a sex offender for 25 years.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip last year that Leto was having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student. An investigation determined that Leto’s contact with the student began on social media and turned sexual.

Assistant District Attorney John Alford prosecuted the case.