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Abita Springs Man Gets 50 Years In Prison For Sexual Battery Of A Minor

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Nov. 13, 2019

Abita Springs Man Gets 50 Years In Prison For Sexual Battery Of A Minor

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jinel Sexton, 39, of Abita Springs, was sentenced Friday as a multiple offender by District Judge Scott Gardner to 50 years in prison for sexual battery of a victim under 13.

Sexton had been found guilty by a St. Tammany Parish jury on Oct. 25 of committing sexual battery on a 12-year-old girl in January 2017. The victim first reported the incident to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in a call to 9-1-1. She said Sexton gave her three pills, which made her fall asleep, and she awakened in the bed with him touching her sexually.

The jury rejected Sexton’s claim that he was the one who fell asleep and woke up to find the victim on top of him. The jury voted unanimously to find him guilty. The defendant has prior convictions for simple burglary, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, simple battery, criminal damage to property and possession of marijuana.

Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case with the help of District Attorney’s Office Investigator Chris Johnson. The case was investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office under the guidance of lead detective Carli Messina.

Slidell Man Gets 15 Years In Prison For Crimes With Juveniles

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Nov. 8, 2019

Slidell Man Gets 15 Years In Prison For Crimes With Juveniles

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lenard “Andy” Turpin, 52, of Slidell, was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison Wednesday (Nov. 6) for crimes that involved his coercing a group of juveniles to his home, providing them illegal drugs, and engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior with them.

District Judge Scott Gardner issued the following sentences: 10 years for attempted indecent behavior with a juvenile under 13, with two of the years to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence; two years for possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance; 15 years for each of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine to persons under the age of 18; and six months for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Gardner ordered all of the sentences to be served concurrently.

The crimes took place on June 1, 2017, when Turpin picked up multiple juveniles, almost all under the age of 13, under the pretense that they would be attending his son’s birthday party at his home. When the teens arrived to Turpin’s home in Slidell, they found that no birthday party was underway, and Turpin’s son was not even home. Turpin began indulging and providing alcohol and marijuana to the underage children while making lewd and inappropriate comments to the girls.

Turpin then brought two of the juveniles upstairs, where he coerced them to smoke methamphetamine and attempted to get them to perform sexual acts on one another. Later, Turpin also groped and touched one of the girls while making sexual comments about her body. Turpin then brought the same victim upstairs and had her smoke meth with him.

The victims were eventually picked up by one of their grandparents and soon afterwards, their parents and police were notified. One of the juveniles was taken to the hospital, where she tested positive for meth. When St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies conducted a search at Turpin’s residence the next day, they found meth in his nightstand.

Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Luke Lancaster prosecuted the case.

 

Grand Jury Indicts Two Mississippi Men In Burglary of Covington Home

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Nov. 8, 2019

 

Grand Jury Indicts Two Mississippi Men In Burglary of Covington Home

COVINGTON—A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Levi Lee, 17, of Tylertown, Miss., and Lance Rouse, 25, of Picayune, Miss., in the aggravated burglary of a Covington home last December.

Lee and Rouse are accused of breaking into a home late one night in December 2018, entering the bedroom of a woman, and holding her at gunpoint while they stole her valuables, which included two shotguns.

Several days later, the men were arrested in connection with the robbery of a Bogalusa gas station and convenience store in which a clerk was shot with a shotgun matching the description of the one stolen in the Covington burglary. The clerk died days later from his injuries, and Lee and Rouse also face second degree murder charges.

Assistant District Attorney Iain A. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

Covington Man Indicted on Sexual Battery and Rape of Two Juveniles Under 13

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Nov. 8, 2019

Covington Man Indicted on Sexual Battery and Rape of Two Juveniles Under 13

 COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Kenneth Certain, 57, of Covington, on two counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 13 and one count of first degree rape of a victim under the age of 13.

Certain is accused of sexually assaulting two juveniles under the age of 13 over the course of several months. He is scheduled for trial December 2.

Assistant District Attorney Holly McGinness presented the case to the grand jury.

Grand Jury Indicts Three People In Woman’s Death From Heroin Overdose In Covington

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Nov. 8, 2019

Grand Jury Indicts Three People In Woman’s Death From Heroin Overdose In Covington

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Christopher Hickman, 30, of Bogalusa, and Raymond Magee, 40, of Franklinton, on a charge of second degree murder in the death of a 24-year-old woman from a heroin overdose.

The victim, Cheyenne Leonard, died of a heroin overdose on or about May 21, 2019, in Covington. Hickman and Magee also were charged, along with Hickman’s girlfriend, Leanna Stewart, 25, of Mandeville, with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin.

Detective Jessica Restel of the Covington Police Department led the investigation with the cooperation of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Tiffany T. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

 

Jury Convicts Slidell Man of Distributing Heroin

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Nov. 7, 2019

Jury Convicts Slidell Man of Distributing Heroin

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Anthony J. Chaney, 33, of Slidell, Wednesday (Nov. 6) of two counts of Distribution of Heroin. Chaney faces from five to 40 years in prison on each count, but as a multiple offender, he could face more time. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3 by District Judge Raymond Childress.

Chaney was the target of a narcotics investigation by the Louisiana State Police in August 2017, and an undercover trooper conducted two buys from Chaney.

Chaney has multiple prior convictions, including Attempted Disarming of a Police Officer, Simple Burglary, a domestic violence case from Texas, as well as multiple possession of marijuana convictions.  He also has a new pending felony charge in Orleans Parish for Second Degree Battery and Domestic Abuse Battery Involving Strangulation.

Assistant District Attorneys Blake Peters and Luke Lancaster prosecuted the case. The trial lasted two days.

District Attorney’s Office Provides Training For Criminal Justice Professionals

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Nov. 5, 2019

District Attorney’s Office Provides Training For Criminal Justice Professionals


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office hosted its annual training for criminal justice system professionals on Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 at the Bogue Chitto State Park Conference Center.

The Lewis V. Murray, III, Memorial Training For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, And Judges drew participants from the Louisiana State Park Rangers, Department of Corrections and Public Safety, Louisiana Probation and Parole Office, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bogalusa Police Department, and Franklinton Police Department.

Featured speakers included the following: Assistant District Attorneys David Merlin Duke, Shea Penton, David Craig, Iain Dover and David Weilbaecher; Joseph Dominick of the Florida Parishes Detention Center; Susan Johnannsen of the State of Louisiana, Community Forensic Services; and Stephen Allport and Robert Weir of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Grand Jury Indicts Franklinton Man on Five Sex Crimes Involving Victims Under 13

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Nov. 5, 2019

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Logan W. Jarrell, 26, of Franklinton, Thursday (Oct. 31) on five counts of sex crimes involving victims under the age of 13.

Jarrell is accused of committing aggravated/first degree rape and sexual battery in November 2014 on a victim who was 11 years old at the time. He also is accused of aggravated crime against nature between January and April of this year on a victim who was under 13 years old. In addition, Jarrell is accused of sexual battery and indecent behavior between August 2008 and August 2010 with a victim, who was then 6 or 7 years old.

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

 

Grand Jury Indicts Bogalusa Man In Infant’s Death

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Nov. 4, 2019

Grand Jury Indicts Bogalusa Man In Infant’s Death

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Tyrease Brumfield, 20, of Bogalusa, Wednesday (Oct. 30) of first degree murder in the death of an eight-month-old girl in August.

The child had been left in Brumfield’s care for a couple of hours on Aug. 19, 2019, but the child was found non-responsive when the mother returned. The infant was declared dead a short time later at Our Lady of Angels hospital in Bogalusa, and an autopsy indicated that blunt force trauma caused massive damage to the child’s liver, which resulted in considerable and rapid blood loss.

The case was investigated by Bogalusa Police Department Detective Jeff Bergeron and presented to the grand jury by David A. Weilbaecher, Jr.