District Attorney Warren Montgomery of the 22nd JDC sits down with Jeff Crouere on his WLAE “Ringside: Politics with a Punch!” Show. He discusses his Fresh Start Program which helps those who qualify but cannot afford to get their records expunged, receive an expungment on one morning — this year in September. “Many, many people don’t have the time and money, they just give up.” “You don’t have the money because you don’t have a job but you can’t get a job because you have a criminal record…it’s a Catch 22.”
Jeff also asks Mr. Montgomery about the Northshore’s “St Slammany” reputation and his take on the new unanimous jury law for felony cases. Mr. Montgomery says that his job [and that of his ADAs] are as “ministers of justice”– to reduce crime and seek justice. He also let us know that, the population [in the 22nd JDC] is growing but the crime rate is not.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery had the pleasure of chatting with John “Spud” McConnell on WLAE’s “The Spudcast”. Tune in as the D.A. talks about his Office gaining trust and confidence in the Office. He also explains the Expungement process and announces his Fresh Start Program which helps those who qualify, get their record cleared (expunged) at a great monetary discount and in one morning in September 2019. Mr. Montgomery states, “Studies tell us that people who have gone through getting their records expunged are more likely to get jobs and people who get jobs are less like to commit crimes.”
FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Demario G. Warren, 33, of Franklinton, was sentenced on Wednesday (June 19) to life in prison for manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. A Washington Parish jury found Warren guilty of the crimes on April 3rd.
On May 31st, 2016, Warren had shot the victim, 33 year old Kiniaki Williams of Franklinton, at a residence over a money dispute. The Franklinton Police Department responded to the shooting where two witnesses to the shooting were present. They informed police that Warren had fled the scene in his girlfriend’s vehicle after he was unable to find William’s money. Warren had also threatened to kill them if they attempted to contact the police. Williams was alive but unresponsive when authorities arrived on the scene. He later died from a gunshot wound to his upper extremities. Warren was found and arrested by the Franklinton Police two hours after the shooting occurred.
After being found guilty on April 3rd of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, a statement by the fiancé of the victim was read to the court. “Not only did you take my soul mate, you took my heart as well.” Judge William Burris sentenced the defendant as a multiple offender to life imprisonment for manslaughter and 10 years in prison for aggravated assault with a firearm, concurrent with the life sentence.
PEARL RIVER- District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Scott McCoy, 45, of Pearl River, guilty Wednesday (June 19th) of attempted indecent behavior with juveniles. McCoy faces up to three and a half years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. Assistant District Attorney William Macke prosecuted the case with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Holly McGinness.
McCoy had chaperoned an event in June of 2017 where he provided alcohol to juveniles. Following a complaint to law enforcement, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into sexual abuse that was reported to have been committed by McCoy at his home. The investigation concluded to McCoy’s arrest on August 18th, 2017. Sentencing is set for July 1st.
Causeway Police Officer Gets 4 Years In Prison For Malfeasance And Theft
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that William “Billy” Jones, Jr., a 46-year-old former Causeway Police Department sergeant, was sentenced Thursday (June 13) to four years in prison for stealing from the evidence room he supervised.
District Judge Reginald T. Badeaux sentenced Jones to four years at hard labor for malfeasance in office and four years on each of two counts of theft of a firearm, but the sentences are to be served at the same time. Two years of the sentence must be served without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Jones also must pay a $1,000 fine.
A St. Tammany Parish jury found Jones guilty of the charges on May 23. He was accused of stealing $6,300 in cash, cocaine, and two guns from the evidence room he supervised three years ago. He was fired from the Causeway Police Department.
“Mr. Jones held one of the most trusted positions in law enforcement, safeguarding the evidence seized during arrests,” Montgomery said at the time of the conviction. “This was a betrayal of that trust.”
Assistant District Attorney Angelina Valuri prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Holly McGinness.
FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Donald E. Tate, 48, of Franklinton, guilty Wednesday (June 12) of false communication with the intent to cause an emergency response for an incident involving an ex-girlfriend.
District Judge William H. Burris is set to sentence Tate on August. 14. The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison. Tate has six prior felony convictions, including distribution of cocaine, false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon, and first degree robbery. He is facing additional time if he is sentenced under state statute as a multiple offender.
Tate’s conviction Wednesday was for an incident that began after 10 p.m. on March 18 this year, when Tate forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s residence and got into a fight with her current boyfriend. Once Tate was forced out of the house, he called 9-1-1 about 10 times, making allegations about his ex’s new boyfriend, which were determined to be false. Tate accused the boyfriend of having a shotgun and an assault rifle. Prosecutors alleged Tate made the repeated calls to get the new boyfriend arrested and out of his ex’s life.
Assistant District Attorney David Weilbaecher, Jr., prosecuted the case. The Franklinton Police Department investigated it.
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Joshua D. Jones, 34, of Folsom, Tuesday (June 11) with first degree rape of a victim under the age of 13 and molestation of a juvenile.
Jones is accused of raping and molesting a victim who was under 13 at the time of the alleged crimes, between December 7, 2015, and April 11, 2018.
Assistant District Attorney Ysonde Boland presented the case to the grand jury.
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Danearl Brown, 46, of LaPlace, on a charge of second degree murder in the death of a Mandeville man from a drug overdose.
Brown is accused of selling heroin last year to the 47-year-old victim, who used the controlled dangerous substance and died of drug overdose. Prosecutors allege that the heroin Brown sold to the victim was a direct cause of the victim’s death.
Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair presented the case to the grand jury.
Grand Jury Indicts Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain on Sex Crimes
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced in a press conference that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Rodney Jack Strain, Jr., 56, of Abita Springs, Tuesday (June 11) on two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated incest, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and sexual battery.
Strain is accused of committing the crime of aggravated rape on one victim between June 1, 1979, and July 19, 1980, and another victim between January 1, 1975, and September 8, 1981. Strain also is accused of committing aggravated incest on a third victim and committing indecent behavior with the same victim, all between April 1, 1996, and July 1, 2002. In addition, Strain is accused of committing aggravated incest and sexual battery on a fourth victim on or about June 1, 2004.
Montgomery made the following statement: “In the Fall of 2017, the Louisiana State Police, FBI, and IRS presented me with evidence that former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain had engaged in sex crimes. Over the following 18 months, we conducted a joint investigation, brought in the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and used the grand jury to confirm and corroborate the allegations. The results of that investigation were presented to the grand jury, which returned an indictment this morning. If found guilty of the charges, Mr. Strain will be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison. He has been arrested and taken to the St. Tammany Parish jail.
“I have a duty to pursue justice when a crime has been committed. The grand jury was presented evidence of sexual misconduct by Mr. Strain and made the determination that probable cause exists that Strain committed the violations as returned by the grand jury. Mr. Strain deserves a speedy trial by an impartial jury, and I will make sure he is given a fair trial.”
Criminal Division Chief Collin Sims presented the case to the grand jury and will handle the prosecution with Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Authement.
The statutory penalties are as follows:
Aggravated Rape – Life
Aggravated Incest – With or without hard labor not less than 5 years, not more than 20 years
Indecent Behavior With A Juvenile – With or without hard labor not more than 7 years
Sexual Battery – With or without hard labor not more than 10 years
Tow Truck Driver Gets Six Years In Prison For Sexual Battery of Three Women
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Dale Boudreaux, Jr., 53, of Covington, was sentenced Monday (June 10) to a total of six years in prison for three counts of sexual battery, involving women he was assisting as a tow truck driver.
District Judge William Knight sentenced Boudreaux to six years on each count, and the sentences are to be served at the same time. Boudreaux also was required to register as a sex offender.
During the one-day trial last month, three victims testified that on different occasions between June and October 2014, Boudreaux was called to assist them with towing a vehicle, but he took advantage of their vulnerability and touched them sexually without their permission. In one instance, he tried unsuccessfully to force the victim to perform oral sex on him. Boudreaux testified in his own defense, denying all of the allegations.
One of the victims described in a written statement to the court the aftermath of the crime on her and her family. She said she had known Boudreaux for 25 years and didn’t hesitate to call him when her vehicle needed to be towed. But she said that afterwards, she developed panic attacks and anxiety in social situations where many men were present.
“For four long years, I lived in fear that he would find me and do it again, or do something much worse…,” she wrote. “After I reported the crime I moved eight hours away. I refused to visit my daughter much out of fear I would run into him…What he caused in my life is awful.”
She described those who were hurt by Boudreaux as survivors. “I said survivors and not victims,” she wrote. “I want him to know I fear him no more because fear equals control and I will not allow him to control the beautiful life I have with my husband, son, daughter, stepson, and all of my family, friends and loved ones.”
Assistant District Attorneys William Macke and Sharry Scott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Covington Police Department and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.