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Month: April 2017

Man Pleads Guilty to Raping 5-year-old Girl in Abita Springs  

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April 28, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Larry W. Robinson, Jr., 46, of Houston, pleaded guilty Monday (April 24) to the forcible rape of a 5-year-old girl three years ago. As part of the plea agreement, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison without the benefit of parole and required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, if he is ever released.

Robinson raped the girl in an Abita Springs home while she was left in his care. The crime came to light when the child described to a teacher one day at school what Robinson did to her on multiple occasions. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. The evidence consisted of the victim’s statement and statements from others involved in the investigation, including employees of the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford prosecuted the case with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Blake Peters. The parents of the victim supported the terms of the plea agreement.

Jury Finds Angie Man Guilty of Distributing Narcotics

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April 25, 2017

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Henry James McMillan, 66, of Angie, guilty Thursday (April 20) of distribution of oxycodone during an undercover operation two years ago. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 8 by Pro Temp Judge Donald Fendlason.

McMillan was arrested after selling four Oxycontin pills at his home to a confidential informant for the Washington Parish Drug Task Force, which videotaped the transaction on July 29, 2015.

The informant also gave $10 to McMillan’s co-defendant, William Kennedy, for arranging the meeting. Kennedy previously had pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of oxycodone on Oct . 10, 2016, and received a suspended sentence of 10 years in prison and five years of probation with drug treatment. He testified against McMillan at trial.

The jury reviewed the videotape of the narcotics transaction before returning a guilty verdict on April 20. McMillan faces up to 30 years on the distribution charge.

Career Criminal Gets Life Sentence for Second-Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile

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April 17, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Larry Bickham, 60, of Slidell, was sentenced Monday (April 17) to life in prison. Bickham, who had more than 10 prior felony convictions and four misdemeanor convictions, was on probation in 2014, when he exposed his 17-month-old daughter to cocaine, which landed her in a hospital emergency room.

Bickham was found guilty last November of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and simple cruelty to a juvenile for allowing the victim to be present during the manufacturing, distribution, or purchasing of cocaine. District Judge William J. Burris sentenced Bickham under the state’s habitual offender law, which increases penalties.

“People who make a career out of crime run the risk of spending the rest of their lives in prison,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said.

The case against Bickham dates back to an incident on May 1, 2014, when his toddler daughter was rushed to the emergency room at Ochsner Hospital in Slidell and tested positive for cocaine. A woman who had kept the toddler for Bickham in the past testified during the trial last year that he had called her that day and asked her to care for the toddler temporarily because the child was not feeling well. The caregiver said she brought the girl home but then had to rush her to the emergency room after the child suffered a seizure. During tests at the hospital, the toddler tested positive for cocaine in her system. Witnesses testified during the trial that Bickham used his home to cook and sell crack cocaine, while the child lived with him.

Burris sentenced Bickham to life in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on the second-degree cruelty charge and 30 years on the simple cruelty charge. The sentences are to be served at the same time.

Criminal Division Chief Collin Sims and Assistant District Attorney William Macke prosecuted the case.

New Veterans Court!

District Attorney Warren Montgomery joined District Judge Raymond Childress, other court and parish officials, and veterans yesterday in announcing a new Veterans Court in St. Tammany Parish. Childress will preside over newest specialty court, which is aimed at helping offenders who are veterans with addiction or mental health issues get the help they need to recover. Through the court, the veterans will accept responsibility for their crimes and, instead of jail, get mentoring and a customized treatment plan.