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Bogalusa Man Gets 40 Years In Prison for Sexual Battery of A 5-Year-Old Girl

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Sept. 19, 2019

Bogalusa Man Gets 40 Years In Prison for Sexual Battery of A 5-Year-Old Girl

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that Frederick C. Mangrum, 61, of Bogalusa, was sentenced Wednesday (Sept. 18) by District Judge William Burris to 40 years in prison for sexual battery of a victim under 13.

Mangrum, who had rejected a 10-year plea offer, was convicted of the crime by a Washington Parish jury on July 11. He was found guilty of committing sexual battery on a 5-year-old girl in 2016. The defendant removed all the child’s clothes and then touched her inappropriately.

The Bogalusa Police Department investigated the case with assistance from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Children’s Advocacy Center in Belton, Texas, and McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Assistant District Attorneys Iain A. Dover and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case.

 

Mt. Hermon Woman Gets 20 Years In Prison For Forgery

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Sept. 19, 2019

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that Stephanie D. Wilson, 55, of Mt. Hermon, was sentenced Wednesday (Sept. 18) by District Judge William Burris as an habitual offender to 20 years in prison for forgery. Burris found Wilson guilty as charged after she rejected a one-year plea offer.

Wilson has six prior felony convictions: for issuing worthless checks in December 2010, theft in November 2010, attempted possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance by fraud in November 2010, theft in January 2011, theft of goods in March 2015, and theft in October 2016.  She also had a misdemeanor conviction on two counts of theft by fraud in January 2011.

In the most recent incident of forgery, the victim made a complaint to the Franklinton Police Department in March 2018 about checks that had been stolen from her account and cashed with her forged signature. Investigators identified Wilson as the one who cashed the forged checks, which totaled more than $1,300. Wilson initially lied to officers investigating the case and said she was cashing the checks for the victim but could not explain various discrepancies.

Assistant District Attorney Iain Dover prosecuted the case.

D.A. Warren Montgomery presents to the 22nd JDC Family Court’s Bar Association CLE.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery was pleased for his Office to be among the presenters at the 22nd JDC Family Court’s Bar Association CLE.  Mr. Montgomery and his Team, led by Assistant District Roy Burns, III, a domestic violence prosecutor, and Assistant District Attorney Tammy Keaton, who heads our Non-Support Division. Among the many positive statistics, the D.A.’s domestic violence section has been enhanced during the Montgomery Administration from one full-time and a part-time staff member working DV cases to five full-time staff members. In addition, they dismissed 197 fewer cases from 2014 to 2017 (224 to 27). Also, in 2018, of a total of 334 cases, 300 of them ended in guilty pleas and another five defendants were found guilty at trial. Just as spectacularly, our Child Support Division has made smart changes in its processing time, using all of the latest technologies. The division also has had some excellent personnel developments and communication improvements, and has reduced wait time from application to court hearing from 6 months to one to two months. In another milestone that is rare for child support offices across the country, our child support staff has exceeded 90% for cases in their caseloads with a child support obligation established at 90.29% and collected a whopping $52,849,539.90 in back child support for eligible constituents since 2017. So far this year, the staff already has collected $11,908,565.36.

DA Montgomery speaks at LA Opioid Action Summit

District Attorney Warren Montgomery was a guest speaker yesterday during the first day of the Louisiana Opioid Action Summit at the Harbor Center in Slidell. The three-day event, sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Health, has brought together state and local officials, as well as community leaders to brain storm ideas and develop strategies to combat the crisis that is devastating communities across the country. D.A. Montgomery talked about the 22nd Judicial District’s approach, offering Operation Angel, Diversion, and the Specialty Courts to drug addicts to give them a chance at rehabilitation, instead of incarceration.