FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2020
PEARL RIVER – District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that during the second day of trial, Branden Thibodaux, 34, of Pearl River, pleaded guilty to two counts of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Tiffany Dover and Angad Ghai and was investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In July of 2018, the defendant had attempted to inappropriately touch a juvenile under the age of 13. A relative of the victim contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office the next day after learning of the incident from the victim. Sheriff Deputies responded and investigated the crime. During the course of the investigation, a second victim was identified and interviewed.
Following the testimony of a relative of the first victim, Thibodaux interrupted the trial and changed his plea to guilty as to both counts. The court then sentenced the defendant to 12 years in prison on each count. The two victims and their families were present in court and expressed their support for the sentencing terms.
Last night District Attorney Warren Montgomery was proud to serve as a guest panelist on the Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany’s Public Corruption Forum.
On the panel were Rafael Goyeneche – Metropolitan Crime Commission, Stephen Street – State Inspector General and Captain Scott Lee – Public Information Office, St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office. Rob Masson, Fox 8 News was the forum Moderator.
Mr. Montgomery was honored and humbled to be presented with CCST’s “Profiles of Courage Award.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2020
COVINGTON – District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Jerry Vince, 44 of Bogalusa, guilty of Molestation of
a Juvenile Under Age 13 and Sexual Battery of a Juvenile Under Age 13. Jerry Vince also has four prior convictions for burglary, violation of a protective order, and two counts of Driving While Intoxicated. He faces 25 to 99 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 10, 2020 before District Judge Scott Gardner. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and Angelina Valuri. The case was investigated by Detective Carli Messina of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In March of 2018, the victim disclosed to a school counselor that she had been molested and sexually assaulted by the defendant. The counselor then notified the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and the victim’s mother. Upon referral to a local Children’s Advocacy Center, the victim disclosed that the molestation and sexual assaults occurred for several years. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff officers were notified and arrested Vince on April 13, 2018.
During trial, the state presented evidence from three other juveniles who had also been sexually assaulted by the defendant. “The defendant didn’t stop at three victims, but today it stops with you.” Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford stated during closing statements. The jury voted 12-0 guilty on both charges.
Today, DA Montgomery took the opportunity to talk to Latter & Blum Realtors to discuss the progress his administration has made over the past five years to help best serve justice in our community.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery, accompanied by his Chief of Criminal J. Collin Sims, attended the Slidell Bar Association’s February meeting. Mr. Montgomery’s presentation described the exemplary credentials of his staff, the systemic changes he has made to improve the organization and the prosecutorial process, and how the DA’s office is working with law enforcement and other entities to benefit victims and the community as a whole.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery was the guest speaker Wednesday night at the Republican Professional Women of St. Tammany Parish’s meeting at Beau Chene Country Club. He spoke to them about the progress his administration has made over the past five years.
District Attorney Montgomery was delighted to attend St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Installation and Awards Luncheon and greet local business leaders.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2020
MADISONVILLE- District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Judge Alan Zaunbrecher found Joseph Kott, 40, of Mandeville, guilty of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Battery of a Police Officer, and Simple Criminal Trespassing on January 29, 2020.
On January 19, 2018 at 4:30am, Sheriff Officers were called to a Madisonville residence in response to a trespassing call. Officers arrived on the scene and found Kott on the front steps of the property. When the responding officers told Kott to leave the property, he refused and attempted to flee the officers and enter the residence. During the arrest, Kott began swinging with fists and elbows, causing a laceration to the head of one of the officers. The officer was treated at a local hospital and needed 5 staples to close the wound.
“Law enforcement on a daily basis sacrifice their safety for the safety of our community. Anyone who attacks law enforcement will be prosecuted and held accountable regardless of who they are,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said.
Kott has previous convictions for Resisting a Police Officer, DWI, and Careless Operation of a Vehicle, and Vehicular Homicide.
Kott faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced on March 10, 2020. Assistant District Attorney Angad Ghai and Tiffany Dover tried the case.