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Slidell Man Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder In Drug Overdose Death

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Sept. 27, 2019

Slidell Man Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder In Drug Overdose Death

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Joseph Laue, 39, of Slidell, guilty Thursday (Sept. 26) of second degree murder, distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of Suboxone. Laue faces mandatory life imprisonment when he is sentenced Oct. 9 by District Judge Martin Coady.

On August 25, 2015, officers responded to the scene of a drug overdose in Slidell and discovered that Albert Morant, 24, had died of a heroin overdose. An investigation by the Slidell Police Department determined that Morant had purchased the heroin from Laue.

During the months-long investigation, officers learned Laue was dealing heroin in his Slidell neighborhood with such regularity that every time the police went to the neighborhood for surveillance, they witnessed him selling narcotics. Undercover officers observed two separate hand-to-hand transactions in September 2015 and in November of 2015, during which Laue sold heroin to multiple individuals.

In a statement to the police, Laue admitted to being a middle man, making trips to New Orleans to provide heroin for his customers in Slidell.

This case demonstrates all aspects of the heroin epidemic that is sweeping the nation. The State offered evidence of Morant’s tragic overdose, as well as the testimony of one of Laue’s former clients, who has successfully completed the Drug Court program in the 22nd Judicial District Court.

Morant’s family members were present for the duration of the week-long trial and were pleased with the verdict. They said they hope the awareness of this case can save the life of another person who is struggling with an addiction and also serve as a warning for drug dealers who exploit and profit from those addicted to heroin.

The case was investigated by the Slidell Police Department’s Narcotics Division and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Holly McGinness and Michael Cochran.

 

Marrero Man Found Guilty Of Aggravated Arson for Setting Cars On Fire In Covington

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September 27, 2019

Marrero Man Found Guilty Of Aggravated Arson for Setting Cars On Fire In Covington

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Shane Perez, 38, of Marrero, guilty Wednesday (Sept. 25) of Aggravated Arson. The charge usually carries a penalty of six to 20 years in prison but, due to his prior criminal history, the defendant is facing up to forty (40) years in prison when he is sentenced by District Judge Scott Gardner. The defendant has prior convictions for burglary, domestic abuse of a child, driving while intoxicated, and several batteries. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Roy Burns, III.

In the early morning hours of September 21, 2017, the victim, her two daughters and her boyfriend awoke to the sound of a car alarm going off outside her Covington home. When the boyfriend went outside to investigate, he discovered that both his and the victim’s vehicles were in flames. The victim called emergency services and the residents evacuated the home as the flames spread from the completely destroyed vehicles to the home.

When law enforcement arrived at the scene, the victim informed them that Perez, her ex-boyfriend, had spent a week harassing her and had threatened to burn her and her boyfriend’s vehicles. These threats included several text messages, 147 calls, and 40 voicemails. Investigators were able to establish that Perez’s vehicle was in the area at the time of the arson and he was arrested the following day, September 22.

During the trial, the defense argued that the presence of the defendant near the site of the arson and his threats to burn the vehicles was a coincidence. “Mr. Perez, were you struck by lightning too?” Dieck asked the defendant in her closing arguments.

The jury voted unanimously on the guilty verdict after little over an hour of deliberation. The case was investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

Slidell Man Indicted Charged With Raping 9-Year-Old

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Sept. 20, 2019

Slidell Man Indicted Charged With Raping 9-Year-Old

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Glenn Mills, 42, of Slidell, Thursday (Sept. 19) on charges of first degree rape and aggravated crime against nature.

Mills is accused of committing those crimes against a 9-year-old child in July of this year.

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

 

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.