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Causeway Police Officer Gets 4 Years In Prison For Malfeasance And Theft

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June 14, 2019

Causeway Police Officer Gets 4 Years In Prison For Malfeasance And Theft

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that William “Billy” Jones, Jr., a 46-year-old former Causeway Police Department sergeant, was sentenced Thursday (June 13) to four years in prison for stealing from the evidence room he supervised.

District Judge Reginald T. Badeaux sentenced Jones to four years at hard labor for malfeasance in office and four years on each of two counts of theft of a firearm, but the sentences are to be served at the same time. Two years of the sentence  must be served without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Jones also must pay a $1,000 fine.

A St. Tammany Parish jury found Jones guilty of the charges on May 23. He was accused of stealing $6,300 in cash, cocaine, and two guns from the evidence room he supervised three years ago. He was fired from the Causeway Police Department.

“Mr. Jones held one of the most trusted positions in law enforcement, safeguarding the evidence seized during arrests,” Montgomery said at the time of the conviction. “This was a betrayal of that trust.”

Assistant District Attorney Angelina Valuri prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Holly McGinness.