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Bush Man Gets 50 Years in Prison For Killing and Burning Ex-Girlfriend


March 13, 2019

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Gary L. Harris, 57, of Bush, was sentenced Tuesday (March 12) to serve 50 years in prison for killing his estranged girlfriend and burning her body in 2015.

District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Harris to 40 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and 10 years for obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Childress also sentenced Harris’s brother, Ray S. Harris, 67, of Bush, Tuesday to five years in prison for accessory after the fact.

The case began unfolding on Sept. 20, 2015, when the victim, Nannette King, 42, was reported missing after she left work and never made it back to the Bogalusa motel where she and her daughter were staying. Three weeks later, King’s badly burned body and car were found in a wooded area near Sun.

Gary Harris, who had lived with the victim many years and had an adult daughter with her, became a prime suspect when the investigation found inconsistencies in his story. His relationship with the victim was volatile, which had resulted in the victim and her daughter moving to Bogalusa.

Investigators believe Gary Harris lured King to the home they once shared to pick up her things and strangled her. Ray Harris ultimately confessed to picking up his brother from a location near where King’s body was found and to helping hide evidence of the crime.

Assistant District Attorney Blake Peters prosecuted the case with assistance from Amanda Gritten, a student practitioner.

Covington Lawyer Gets 20 Years in Prison For Child Pornography


March 12, 2019

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Victor R. Loraso, 38, an attorney who lives in Covington, pleaded guilty Monday (March 11) to 26 child pornography charges. District Judge Martin Coady sentenced Loraso to a total of 20 years in prison.

Loraso pleaded guilty to four counts of distribution of pornography of children under 13 and one count of distribution of pornography of children under 17. He also pleaded guilty to 13 counts of possession of pornography of children under 13 and 8 counts of possession of child pornography under 17.

The investigation began in Canada in 2017, when police arrested an individual, seized his computer, and determined that he had been exchanging pornography with someone in the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security then turned the investigation over to the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, which tracked the pornography to a computer owned by Loraso. The computer also revealed online accounts, which Loraso admitted belonged to him, in which he was chatting with pedophiles about the desire to molest children.

The case was investigated by Brian D. Brown, Supervisory Special Agent of the Attorney General’s Investigation Division.

Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Authement and Michael Cochran prosecuted the case.