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St. Tammany Parish Creates Virtual Court

Through a collaborative effort between the District Attorney’s Office of Warren Montgomery, the Parish Clerk’s Office, the Public Defenders Office, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, a “Virtual Court” has been created to help continue the criminal justice process. For more details on how the Virtual Court will be proceeding and operating, a PDF document may be downloaded here:

Virtual Court Letter

For those needing a Waiver of Physical Presence form for Virtual Court, click the PDF link here:

Waiver of Physical Presence

 

 

 

 

District Attorney Warren Montgomery Discusses COVID-19 with WWL Radio

District Attorney Warren Montgomery spoke with Newell Normand of WWL Radio to discuss how the District Attorney’s Office will continue to provide service to the St. Tammany and Washington Parish communities. Earlier in his term, he had taken steps to move toward a paperless system, which has now allowed the work of the District Attorney’s Office to continue even as its employees work at home.

DA Warren Montgomery Interview with WGSO 990 AM of New Orleans

District Attorney Warren Montgomery spoke with Jeff Crouere at WGSO 990 AM to discuss how his office is handling its responsibilities during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. He talked about how his office has continued to serve the public through the use of technology, all the while raising efficiency and cutting costs. He also spoke about testing new and released inmates, the potential release of some inmates and the necessary balancing act between public health and public safety. More generally, the D.A. addressed how his office has been able to save the St. Tammany Parish government almost $1 million a year through changes implemented in the D.A.’s office in his first 5 years in office.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery Updates the Parish on COVID-19 on STPGtv

 

 

        District Attorney Warren Montgomery, Parish President Mike Cooper, and Public Information Officer Amy Bouton update the public on the services the Parish Government and the District Attorney’s Office will continue to provide while its staff works remotely from home. While we are moving through these uncertain times, the Parish Government and the District Attorney’s Office will continue to support the St. Tammany Parish community and would like to extend their thanks to the healthcare services who continue to selflessly work on the frontlines against this virus. 

Bogalusa Man Sentenced to 99 Years for Molestation of a Juvenile Under 13 and Sexual Battery of a Juvenile Under 13

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March 10, 2020

COVINGTON – District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jerry Vince, 44 of Bogalusa, was sentenced to 99 years for Molestation of a Juvenile Under 13 and Sexual Battery of a Juvenile Under 13 by District Judge Scott Gardner.

The sentencing hearing was scheduled after a St. Tammany Parish jury unanimously found Vince guilty last month. In 2018, the victim disclosed to a school counselor that she had been molested and sexually assaulted by the defendant. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.  Throughout the investigation, it was learned there were also three other victims who had previously reported abuse at the hands of the defendant.

Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and Angelina Valuri, who prosecuted the case, argued for a maximum sentence at the hearing, noting the severity of the crimes, the defendant’s significant criminal history and the defendant’s lack of remorse. The victims and their families gave emotional impact statements as they recounted how their lives have been affected by the defendant’s actions, with one wondering, “what possessed [Vince] to do such cruel, nasty, inhuman things to not only me but several other little girls.” Another expressed sadness, recalling, “you always hear about stories like this but I never thought it would happen to me.” In describing the difficulty of coping with this trauma, another said “I am starting counseling again to deal with this and the nightmares I am experiencing since seeing you again”.

In announcing the sentence, Judge Gardner noted the impact of the defendant’s actions on the wellbeing of the victims. “The statistics show that the damage will be lifelong for these victims,” Gardner said. Then, after identifying several other aggravating factors and finding no mitigation, Gardner handed down the ninety-nine-year sentence and closed by describing this offender and crime as “….the worst of the worst”.

Mandeville Lawyer Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail for Resisting Arrest with Force or Violence and Battery of a Police Officer

 

MADISONVILLE- District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Judge Alan Zaunbrecher has sentenced Joseph Kott, 40, of Mandeville, to three years for Battery of a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest with Force or Violence with all but 60 days of the sentence suspended as well as a $300 fine and court costs for misdemeanor criminal trespassing. Once the 60-day jail sentence is completed, Kott will be on three years of probation.

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. Assistant District Attorney Angad Ghai and Tiffany Dover tried the case.

Pearl River Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles

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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.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery Receives “Profiles of Courage Award”

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.”

Bogalusa Man Found Guilty of Molestation of a Juvenile Under Age 13 and Sexual Battery of a Juvenile Under Age 13

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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.