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Former Mandeville Police Officer Found Guilty of Shoplifting


Dec. 20, 2018

Former Mandeville Police Officer Found Guilty of Shoplifting

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Johnnie A. Sanders, 43, a former Mandeville Police Department officer, was found guilty Tuesday (December 19) of theft for shoplifting from a hardware store.  District Judge Scott Gardner, who presided over the misdemeanor trial, sentenced Sanders to a six-month suspended sentence, one year of probation, and a fine of $200 plus court costs.

The incident occurred Feb. 20, 2017, when Sanders entered the Home Depot, placed a saw and laser measure in his shopping cart, and opened a Rigid drill combo kit. Sanders then removed two batteries, valued at $168, from the kit and placed the batteries under the box that contained the saw. He paid for the saw and laser but made no attempt to pay for the concealed batteries underneath the other merchandise. Sanders exited the store without paying for the batteries. The theft was captured on surveillance video.

Assistant District Attorney Darrell Sims prosecuted the case. 

Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker issued the following statement:  “On behalf of the men and women of the Mandeville Police Department, I would like to thank District Attorney Montgomery’s office for the successful prosecution of Mr. Sanders. As I have previously stated at the time of Sanders’ termination, those who break the very laws that they are sworn to enforce will not be tolerated by myself nor this agency.”

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


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


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 


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.