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.