FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2018
D.A. Montgomery Names Shea Penton to Lead Washington Parish Office
FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that he has named Assistant District Attorney Shea Penton as Administrator of the Washington Parish Office. Penton will continue to screen cases and prosecute misdemeanors (cases with a sentence no more than six months), but in his new role he also will supervise operations of the Franklinton office.
“Shea was the right person for the job,” Montgomery said. “He knows and loves the Washington Parish community, and I am confident he will serve it honorably in his new role.”
Penton grew up off William Peters Road in an area of Bogalusa, known as Richardsontown, and he graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1990. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1994 and the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson in 1997. Penton worked in private practice for two years and then worked for stints at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and the Public Defender’s Office, where he handled juvenile cases.
Penton was hired as an Assistant District Attorney in 2003 in the Washington Parish Office, where he has performed a number of jobs, including serving as Prosecutor for two felony dockets, handling misdemeanors, and screening cases.
Penton replaces his mentor, the late Lewis Murray, III, who died suddenly in April. “He trained me to be an A.D.A.,” Penton said of Murray. “I watched him manage this office all these years. I still can’t bring myself to park in his spot.”