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Franklinton Man Is Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for 2011 Shooting Death

Earl James Frank
Earl James Frank

FRANKLINTON—James Frank Earl, 45, was sentenced Monday (Nov. 30) as a multiple offender to 60 years in prison for manslaughter in the 2011 shooting death of a 45-year-old man. Earl has multiple prior felony convictions.

Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea prosecuted the case before District Judge Martin Coady. A jury found Earl guilty on March 4 in the shooting death of Raymond Terry Lyons, 45. Earl was one of three defendants convicted in the Lyons’ death. Two other defendants—Donald Dawson, 29, of Franklinton, and Ricky Magee, 45, of Franklinton—pled guilty to manslaughter. Dawson was sentenced on May 1, 2013, to 10 years in prison, and Magee received 22 ½ years.

The murder took place on Jan. 6, 2011, after Dawson and a woman named Tess Starnes went to Magee’s house to buy drugs. Magee instructed them to follow him in their car. Dawson and Starnes followed a car, driven by Magee with Earl as the passenger. At Old Jenkins Road, Earl pulled headlight-to-headlight to a car waiting on the side of the road. At some point, Earl exited his vehicle and used a two-by-four to beat Lyons, who was a passenger in the waiting car, in the head. Earl then shot Lyons through the windshield in the chest.

Bogalusa Man Gets Life in Prison As Multiple Offender for Selling Drugs

Spikes James Sr.
Spikes James Sr.

FRANKLINTON—James Spikes, Sr., 58, of Bogalusa, received the maximum sentence of life imprisonment Monday (Nov. 30) under the state’s multiple offender law for distributing oxycodone during a 2013 undercover drug operation. Spikes has 17 prior felony convictions and a first-degree murder charge pending against him.

Spikes was arrested Jan. 28, 2013, after selling Roxycontin to a confidential informant as part of a Washington Parish Drug Task Force operation in Bogalusa. A Washington Parish jury found Spikes guilty of the crime on August 25.

Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea filed a multiple offender bill, seeking life imprisonment for Spikes, which District Judge Martin E. Coady granted.