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Jury Convicts Causeway Police Officer of Malfeasance and Guns Theft

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May 24, 2019

Jury Convicts Causeway Police Officer of Malfeasance and Guns Theft

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery and the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission announce that a St. Tammany Parish jury found William “Billy” Jones, Jr., a 46-year-old former Causeway Police Department sergeant, guilty Thursday (May 23) of malfeasance in office and two counts of theft of a firearm.

Jones had been accused of stealing $6,300 in cash, cocaine, and two guns from the evidence room he supervised three years ago.

“Mr. Jones held one of the most trusted positions in law enforcement, safeguarding the evidence seized during arrests,” Montgomery said. “This was a betrayal of that trust. But I congratulate the honest law enforcement officers and Assistant District Attorney Jessica Brewster, who uncovered this crime, and Assistant District Attorneys Angelina Valuri and Holly McGinness, who delivered justice.”

Brewster, who oversees the Assets and Forfeitures Division of the District Attorney’s Office, testified during the trial that a defense attorney in another case contacted her in November 2016 to inquire about $6,300 in cash that the Causeway Police had seized six months earlier. State law requires law enforcement agencies to notify the District Attorney’s Office within 10 days of a seizure. But Brewster said she had not been notified of that seizure, and when she attempted to contact Jones, he avoided her calls, emails, and text messages. After several unsuccessful attempts to reach Jones, Brewster contacted the Causeway Police, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was brought in to investigate.

The investigation also uncovered missing cocaine. Investigators recorded a confession from Jones, but he testified during the trial that the confession was a lie.

Jones was also found to have stolen seized guns. Jones, a law enforcement officer for 25 years, was wearing his uniform when he sold the guns to a Washington Parish convenience store owner.

“Although the main duties of a law enforcement officer are to protect and serve, as the evidence in this case will show, the defendant did just the opposite,” Assistant District Attorney Angelina Valuri said in her opening statement. “He put the citizens of this parish at risk by his actions and served no one but himself.”

The jury deliberated for a little over an hour before finding Jones guilty. District Judge Reginald T. Badeaux set Jones’s sentencing date for June 13. Jones, who was fired from the Causeway Police Department, faces up to 5 years in prison for malfeasance in office and up to 10 years in prison for the firearms theft. Each count of the firearms theft carries a mandatory minimum of two years.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the trial and conviction of Billy Jones,” Causeway Police Chief Nick A. Congemi said. “Our officers displayed great professionalism in bringing one of their own to justice.”

Grand Jury Indicts Slidell Man in Rape and Sexual Battery of Juvenile

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May 22, 2019

 

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Donald Phillip Boyle, 66, of Slidell, Wednesday (May 22) on first degree rape and sexual battery of a victim under 13 years old.

Boyle is accused of raping and having inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile boy who had been left in his care temporarily.

Assistant District Attorney Ysonde Boland presented the case to the grand jury.

 

Jury Finds Covington Tow Truck Driver Guilty of Sexual Battery of Three Women

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May 22, 2019

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Dale Boudreaux, Jr., 53, of Covington, guilty of three counts of sexual battery for three separate incidents, involving women he was assisting as a tow truck driver in Covington and Mandeville.

District Judge William Knight set Boudreaux’s sentencing for June 10. Boudreaux faces up to 10 years in prison on each sexual battery count, and he will have to register as a sex offender.

During the one-day trial on Tuesday (May 21), three different victims testified that on different occasions between June and October 2014, Boudreaux was called to assist them with towing a vehicle, but he took advantage of their vulnerability and touched them sexually without their permission. In one instance, he tried unsuccessfully to force the victim to perform oral sex on him. Boudreaux testified in his own defense, denying all of the allegations.

Assistant District Attorney William Macke, who prosecuted the case, told jurors this case was a matter of who they believed. The jury deliberated about one hour before finding Boudreaux guilty. Assistant District Attorney Sharry Scott assisted with the prosecution.

Slidell Man Gets 38 Years In Prison For Robbing Two Elderly Men In Slidell Area

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May 22, 2019

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Jonathan J. Gabriel, 42, of Slidell, pleaded guilty Tuesday (May 21) to two counts of armed robbery with a firearm and theft of a motor vehicle for robbing two elderly men last December.

District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Gabriel to 38 years without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on each armed robbery charge and five years for the vehicle theft. All sentences are to be served at the same time.

The first robbery occurred on Dec. 13, 2018, when Gabriel, wearing a mask, entered the trailer of a 75-year-old man in Lacombe, pointed a gun at him, and demanded money and guns. Gabriel pushed the victim into his bedroom and took cash, pills, and a 22-caliber revolver.

A couple of hours later, Gabriel knocked on the apartment door of a 92-year-old man, a World War II veteran, in Slidell. Gabriel pushed the gun into the victim’s stomach and escorted him through the apartment in search of valuables. Gabriel took prescription pills, cash, a watch, cell phone, and the victim’s vehicle before fleeing from the residence.

An investigation by the Slidell Police Department identified Gabriel as a suspect, and when officers searched Gabriel’s residence under a search warrant, they found items belonging to both victims. Slidell Police then notified the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Gabriel ultimately gave a statement, admitting to the robberies. He claimed he was under the influence of drugs.

Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair, who prosecuted the case, had selected a jury for Gabriel’s trial, which was set to begin Tuesday, when Gabriel pleaded guilty. The 75-year-old victim passed away prior to trial, but the 92-year-old veteran was present for the guilty plea and was happy with the outcome.

Teen Gets Life In Prison For Shooting Stepfather To Death in 2016

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May 20, 2019

Teen Gets Life In Prison For Shooting Stepfather To Death in 2016

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Daniel T. Hamilton, 19, was sentenced Monday (May 20) to life in prison for second degree murder for shooting his stepfather to death in their Covington home in 2016. District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher ordered that the sentence be served with the possibility of parole, based on new sentencing guidelines for offenders who were juveniles at the time of the crime.

“This was a heinous crime that was especially shocking because of the defendant’s age and relationship to the victim,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said. “I am proud that my Assistant District Attorneys obtained justice on behalf of the victim’s family members. I hope they are now able to close this painful chapter of their lives.”

Zaunbrecher also sentenced Hamilton to 20 years in prison for each of two counts of solicitation for murder for planning to have the victim’s brother and sister-in-law killed. Hamilton was angry at the couple at the time because they had requested a revocation of his pre-trial bond after he was found in possession of a firearm in another parish. Zaunbrecher ordered one of the 20-year sentences to be served consecutive to the murder sentence; the other 20-year-sentence is to be served at the same time that Hamilton is serving the murder sentence.

Zaunbrecher acknowledged receiving several letters, including two from the murder solicitation victims, but they did not speak in court. Hamilton also chose not to speak.

Hamilton was found guilty in March of shooting his stepfather, James “Kenny” Hamilton, multiple times in the back of the head with a .22-caliber gun on Friday, March 4, 2016, as the elder Hamilton sat in a chair in the family room and finished his evening meal. Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Authement and Angad Ghai, who prosecuted the case, presented text messages showing that the father had refused his son’s request the preceding week to borrow his truck.

After killing his father, Daniel Hamilton stole both of his father’s vehicles and debit card and spent the next two days, drinking and partying with friends at a hunting camp. At one point, Daniel Hamilton even returned to his father’s house with his friends, refused to let them inside, and passed his father’s dead body to retrieve a Play Station game system, which he and his friends took to various Game Stop stores to sell.

James Hamilton’s body was discovered three days later, when he failed to show up for work, and family members and friends went to check on him.  The murder weapon was found at the hunting camp under a sweatshirt that Daniel Hamilton had been wearing that weekend. After his bond was revoked and he was sent back to prison to await his trial, Daniel Hamilton talked to another inmate and to his girlfriend about having the aunt and uncle who had pushed for the bond revocation killed. He also confessed to an inmate and said his only regret was that he didn’t look his father in the face when he shot him.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Covington Woman Gets Life In Prison For Raping Child Over Several Years

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May 16, 2019

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Sandra E. Gaines, 39, of Covington, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday (May 15) for repeatedly raping a child under age 13 with another adult over several years. District Judge William J. Burris issued the life sentence for each of two counts of aggravated rape and 25 years for each of three counts of sexual battery of a child under 13. The sentences are to be served at the same time.

Gaines was convicted by a St. Tammany Parish jury in March after a three-day trial. Gaines’ longtime boyfriend, Robert Cardell Flowers, 32, also of Covington, had been convicted by a St. Tammany Parish jury on the same charges in June 2015, and he also is serving a life sentence.

The victim, now 18, testified during Gaines’ trial that Gaines and Flowers began touching her sexually when she was about 5 years old and that the abuse progressed and continued for several years through 2012. The victim testified that she was repeatedly raped during that time. Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Michael Cochran.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.

 

Slidell Man Gets 175 Years in Prison for Aggravated Crime Against Nature and Child Pornography

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May 3rd, 2019

Slidell Man Gets 175 Years in Prison for Aggravated Crime Against Nature and Child Pornography

COVINGTON – District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that David Allen Hammond Jr., 40, of Slidell, was sentenced Friday (May 3) to a total of 175 years in prison for 19 counts of production of pornography involving juveniles, 5 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under 13, one count of distribution of pornography involving juveniles, sexual battery of a victim under 13, aggravated crime against nature, and obstruction of justice.  A St. Tammany Parish Jury found Hammond guilty of the crimes on Thursday  (May 2) after deliberating for two hours on the 28 charges that had been presented by prosecutors during the five-day trial. The case was prosecuted by ADA’s Will Macke and Elizabeth Authement.

The case came to light when a deputy for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was called out to investigate a possible missing juvenile that had fled Hammond’s residence in September, 2017. The officer found the 14-year-old girl in an abandoned property not far from Hammond’s home. The officer, who testified during trial, said the juvenile informed him that Hammond had sexually abused her, videotaped the act, and taken other pictures and videos of her.

When investigators searched Hammond’s home, they found over 6,000 photos and videos in multiple hard drives, tablets, smart phones, and camera equipment, which all contained child pornography of both the juvenile victim and other children and toddlers. Hammond had also been distributing pictures and video of child pornography to others using the app Flickr. Windows in Hammond’s home were covered by a black film that prevented anyone from looking out or seeing inside and the doors contained deadbolt locks that could only be opened from the inside with a key.

Hammond was arrested on September 29, 2017.

After his arrest, Hammond called his wife and sister from prison to have them hide or destroy evidence that was located on a hard drive that he had hidden from police. These calls were recorded and played to the jury during trial. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

One of the victims addressed the court before the sentencing. “You kept me from freedom and the world, but I survived you,” she told him.

The grandmother of one of the victims also spoke to the court. “I never hated anyone in my life until I met you,” the woman said. “Her monster is dead to her. She is safe now.”

“I usually don’t take pleasure in sentencing people to jail,” Judge Knight said. “But guess what? Today I’m going to make an exception.”

D.A. Montgomery stated, “I applaud the outstanding work of my two prosecutors and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Adam Maillho and his team for bringing this to a successful prosecution”.

 

Mandeville Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Possession

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May 1, 2019

Mandeville Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Possession

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Mark H. Anglin, Jr., 34, of Mandeville, pleaded guilty Tuesday (April 30) to possession of heroin. District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Anglin as a multiple offender to 30 years in prison.

Anglin’s prior felony convictions include third offense DWI, aggravated battery, and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. He also faces an armed robbery charge that is set for trial in June.

The heroin charge stems from a traffic stop on August 17, 2018, when a St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputy discovered an active warrant for Anglin’s arrest in connection to an armed robbery that occurred on June 25, 2018. In that case, Anglin is accused of robbing a victim of about $1,000 in cash and a mobile phone at gunpoint. A police investigation also revealed that Anglin has possible gang ties.

While searching Anglin during the traffic stop, the officer found a bag of heroin in Anglin’s pocket and other drug paraphernalia.

Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair prosecuted the case. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated it.