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Grand Jury Indicts Slidell Man In Separate Rapes of Two Juvenile Girls

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December 13, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted James Bishop, 67, of Slidell, Wednesday (Dec. 12) of two counts of aggravated rape of a victim under 13, two counts of molestation of a juvenile, and production of pornography involving juveniles.

Bishop is accused of molesting and raping two girls on separate occasions over a period of years from the time the girls were ages 8 and 9. 

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

Pearl River Man Gets 40 Years in Prison For Fatal Stabbing in Slidell

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Dec. 6, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Joseph Adam Thibodeaux, 26, of Pearl River, pleaded guilty Wednesday (Dec. 5) to manslaughter and domestic violence aggravated assault for stabbing to death his former girlfriend’s uncle. 

District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Thibodeaux to 40 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and 5 years on the domestic violence aggravated assault charge, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

The crime occurred July 30, 2017, when Thibodeaux pulled out a knife while arguing with his girlfriend. Thibodeaux threatened the woman, with whom he has two children, and her uncle, Douglas Evans, of Lacombe, tried to intervene and calm Thibodeaux. Instead, Thibodeaux turned on Evans and stabbed him to death.

Several members of the victim’s family attended the hearing, including Evans’ mother, who told the court that losing a child is one of the most difficult experiences a person can face. The Slidell Police Department investigated the case. Assistant District Attorney Casey Dieck prosecuted it, and she was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Jerry Smith. 

Three Men Plead Guilty And Get Jail Time In 2017 Mt. Hermon Shootings 

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Dec. 5, 2017

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced Wednesday (Dec 5) that three men involved in a shooting spree that damaged homes and property in the Mount Hermon area in April 2017 have pleaded guilty to nine counts of illegal use of weapons, two counts of simple criminal damage to property, nine counts of aggravated criminal damage to property, and seventeen additional counts of simple criminal damage to property. The defendants are: Desmond Warren, 19, of Mount Hermon; Bailey Koon, 19, of Franklinton; and Dakota Tetreau, 21, of Franklinton.

District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher sentenced the men as follows: simple criminal damage to property counts, two years in prison; aggravated criminal damage to property counts, 10 years in prison with five of the years suspended, and three years of probation, beginning after they complete their jail sentences. The sentences are to be served concurrently. The defendants also were ordered to pay $11,491.04 in restitution over the term of their probation.

The shooting spree occurred April 11, 2017, when dozens of residents in the Mount Hermon area reported gunshots at multiple locations in the community. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputies Tom Anderson, Jimmy Seals, and Sgt. Jay Dupre investigated the case and documented road signs, mail boxes, vehicles, and houses that had been damaged by gunfire, including instances in which bullets entered occupied homes. Although the deputies investigated many leads, the case did not break until detectives received a tip about Desmond Warren’s involvement. The investigation was able to corroborate that Warren was in the area of the shootings during the time of the shootings. Warren subsequently made a statement, implicating himself and the other defendants, who all ultimately admitted to participating. They were arrested Sept. 8 last year. 

Assistant District Attorney David A. Weilbaecher, Jr., prosecuted the case, and he was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Blake Peters. The hearing before Judge Zaunbrecher was held Nov. 26 at the Franklinton courthouse.

DA Sponsors Field Trip to STPSO’s Special Ops Unit

The Pitcher Junior High Students who are participating in District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Kids L.E.A.D. Program enjoyed a “really cool” field trip today to the St. Tammany Parish Special Operations Unit where they learned about specialized personnel units such as the S.W.A.T. Team, the Hazardous Disposal Unit (Bomb Squad), Hostage Negotiators,  the Marine and Traffic Teams and their tactics, equipment and vehicles.  Thanks to all of the Officers for their time and attention.

Grand Jury Indicts Slidell Man on Charges of Raping 12-Year-Old Girl

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Nov. 14, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Shawn A. Doucette, 33, of Slidell, Tuesday (Nov. 13) with two counts of first degree rape of a victim under 13.

Doucette is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl on at least two occasions between Oct. 1, 2016, and April 13, 2017.

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

Grand Jury Re-Indicts Slidell Man In Death of Teen from Synthetic Marijuana

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Nov. 14, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury re-indicted Jamie D. Cooper, 34, of Slidell, Tuesday (Nov. 13) with second degree murder in the death of a teenager found unresponsive in a Covington ditch after smoking synthetic marijuana. The new, superseding indictment added a charge of distribution of a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (marijuana or a synthetic form).

Cooper is accused of distributing the drug through a middle man to the 17-year-old, who died after using it on March 13, 2016.

Assistant District Attorney Jerry Smith presented the case to the grand jury.

Grand Jury Indicts Two With Racketeering In Auto Parts Theft Operation

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Nov. 14, 2018

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Nov. 14, 2018

Grand Jury Indicts Two With Racketeering In Auto Parts Theft Operation

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury charged Dustin Ray Hughes, 32, of Angie, and Sharon D. Snelgrove, 38, of Carriere, Miss., with racketeering and multiple theft charges for an alleged operation that used account information from one company to make fraudulent purchases from another.

Hughes, a former employee of Southern Electric Company, is accused of placing fraudulent orders with O’Reilly Auto Parts on multiple occasions with account information stolen from Southern Electric. Snelgrove is accused of assisting Hughes by obtaining and transporting merchandise that she knew was stolen.

More than 1,000 products, valued at between $20,000 and $25,000, are alleged to have been obtained fraudulently from 14 jurisdictions over two states.

Both defendants are charged with the following: one count each of racketeering, seven counts each of theft of items valued at $1,000 but less than $5,000, two counts each of theft of items valued at less than $1,000, and one count each of misdemeanor theft (Class 4, less than $1,000)

Assistant District Attorney Butch Wilson presented the case to the grand jury, and Walter “Nick” Burtanog, IV, investigated.

 

Grand Jury Indicts Former Sun Police Officer on Malfeasance Charges

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Nov. 14, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a grand jury indicted Jacob Scott Walker, 36, a former Sun police officer, Tuesday (Nov. 13) with two counts of malfeasance.

Walker is accused of pocketing money he collected from traffic tickets for his own personal gain between Feb. 8 and Aug. 13 of this year. Walker also is accused of failing to submit narcotics evidence to the crime lab for analysis after a traffic stop on Dec. 18, 2017, and then lying about it.

Assistant District Attorney Ken Dohre presented the case to the grand jury, and D.A. Investigator Walter “Nick” Burtanog, IV, investigated it.

 

District Attorney’s Office Holds Training For Criminal Justice Professionals

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Nov. 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office held two daylong  training sessions for criminal justice system professionals on Nov. 6 and Nov. 8 at the Bogue Chitto State Conference Center.  This year, the sixth annual event was named the Lewis Murray, III, Memorial Training For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, And Judges in memory of the late Assistant District Attorney who worked as a prosecutor for more than 33 years and headed the Washington Parish office until his death in April.

“This was a great way to honor a man who dedicated so much of his life to the pursuit of justice,” Montgomery said. “And he trained many of the Washington Parish prosecutors who came after him.”

The training, held in partnership with the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, enabled participants to get Continuing Legal Education credits. A total of 110 law enforcement officers attended over both days. The agencies represented included the Louisiana State Park Rangers, Causeway Police, Franklinton Police Department, Bogalusa Police Department, Folsom Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, ATF, and District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia, David Weilbaecher, and Jeffrey Shea Penton provided legal updates about state legislative changes this year, particularly concerning juvenile laws. Tommie Sorrell, an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office, discussed the basics of investigations from writing a report to appearing in court.

Cuccia also did a presentation about the evolving laws, concerning search and seizure. Susan Johannsen, District Forensic Coordinator for the State of Louisiana, discussed mental illness, what happens when a person is experiencing withdrawal symptoms from substance abuse, and the risks to the offender and service provider.

Penton closed the session with a discussion about cyber crime, the dark side of the internet, and Crypto Currency. The free training, which began at 8 a.m. and ended at 4:30 p.m., was open to anyone employed in the criminal justice system, but it was specifically geared toward law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges.

Image on Left – Law enforcement officers from around the region attended the sixth annual Lewis Murray, III, Law Enforcement Training For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Judges, sponsored by District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office.

Image in Midde -The presenters for the Lewis Murray, III, Law Enforcement Training, sponsored by District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office, were (l to r): Susan Johannsen , District Forensic Coordinator for the State of Louisiana; Assistant District Attorney Shea Penton, Investigator Tommie Sorrell, Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia, and (seated) Assistant District Attorney David Weilbaecher, Jr.