A Message from Our District Attorney

As District Attorney, the principle by which I will run this office is to make decisions based on the merits, based on the facts, based on hard work and the results of that hard work. That’s the American way, the American Dream. We are blessed to live where we live. This is a great community. This is a great place to raise a family. This is a great place to start a business. This a great place to seek and follow the American Dream. And the reason that these things are true is, the people who live here. That’s what makes this a great community.

Mission Statement

The Office of District Attorney of the 22nd Judicial District is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and justice, protecting the public and serving our community through the ethical prosecution of criminal offenses and civil matters while safeguarding the rights of all citizens, including the accused.

Goals

▪ To help improve the quality of life for all residents of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes

▪ Create and maintain open communication to promote the best interests of the community, ensuring that the public is kept informed of the work we are doing

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News

  • Bush Man Gets 50 Years in Prison For Killing and Burning Ex-Girlfriend

    Bush Man Gets 50 Years in Prison For Killing and Burning Ex-Girlfriend

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2019 COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Gary L. Harris, 57, of Bush, was sentenced Tuesday (March 12) to serve 50 years in prison for killing his estranged girlfriend and burning her body in 2015. District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Harris to 40 years in prison on the manslaughter charge …
  • Covington Lawyer Gets 20 Years in Prison For Child Pornography

    Covington Lawyer Gets 20 Years in Prison For Child Pornography

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2019 COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Victor R. Loraso, 38, an attorney who lives in Covington, pleaded guilty Monday (March 11) to 26 child pornography charges. District Judge Martin Coady sentenced Loraso to a total of 20 years in prison. Loraso pleaded guilty to four counts of distribution of …
  • D.A. Montgomery with the Lacombe Republican Women

    D.A. Montgomery with the Lacombe Republican Women

    D.A. Warren Montgomery had the pleasure of meeting with the Bayou Lacombe Republican Women today to update them on the progress his administration has made over the past three years.

Accomplishments Since January 2015

If you will read the initial goals I set out to achieve on the left side of this page, you’ll find that I, along with my fantastic staff, have accomplished many of those goals:

  1. Created more transparent office
  2. Hired top-notch staff (55% of ADAs and 50% of investigators new)
  3. Created Screening Department
  4. Improved Domestic Violence Unit
  5. Enhanced use of Specialty Courts and helped create new Veterans Court
  6. Upgraded technology office-wide
  7. Created employee manual
  8. Stabilized budget
  9. Created Financial Assistance Program for indigent defendants to participate in Diversion Program
  10. Work more closely with Law enforcement agencies

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