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St. Tammany Grand Jury Indicts Abita Springs Man In Drug Death of Woman

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury has indicted John Jacob Jenkins, 49, of Abita Springs, on charges of second degree murder, sexual abuse of an animal, and possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance.

Jenkins is accused of killing Jennifer Deblonde Jacob, 37, on Oct. 7, 2019. He also is accused of “knowingly and intentionally filming, distributing, or possessing pornographic images of a person and an animal engaged in sexual contact.”
The grand jury also indicted Angela Lynn Griffin, 47, of Covington, on a charge of sexual abuse of an animal in connection with the case.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery Presents “District Attorney Leadership Award” to Class of 2020

 

 

 

 

 

District Attorney Warren Montgomery was proud to present his annual leadership awards to outstanding St. Tammany Parish graduating seniors on Memorial Day (May 25) at the Justice Center in downtown Covington.

Montgomery praised the students and their parents and used the example of former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Montgomery said, “remember that one person can make a difference” and that “leaders are always willing to go out alone and they practice servant leadership.”

These remarkable students were chosen by their principals and teachers for meeting and exceeding the D.A.’s leadership award criteria.  They have, in their schools and throughout their communities, led by example, been a positive influence on others, and proven to be outstanding citizens.

At the ceremony, D.A. Montgomery, Parish President Mike Cooper, St. Tammany School Board Superintendent, Trey Folse and Pastor Lawrence Weathersby of Living the Word International Church in Slidell also commended these young women and men and their parents for a job well done.

All in attendance adhered to State and local requirements for holding an event during the current pandemic by wearing masks, social distancing (only people in the same household were allowed to sit together while others were spaced at least six feet apart) and instead of the traditional handshake, D.A. Montgomery and the students opted for an elbow bump.

The award winners were:

Shawn Anderson, Jr. – Fountainebleau High

Christopher Nelms Barron – Northshore High

Emily Borne – St. Scholastica Academy

Reagan Bundy – Mandeville High

Abigail Claire Cappy – Pope John Paul High

Analiese Donovan – Covington High

Aidan Dyer – Lakeshore High

Analynn Ferr – Archbishop Hannan High

Karisa Greenlee – Salmen High

Chloe Jessie – Pearl River High

Reece Loustalot – Christ Episcopal

Gavin Marolla – Slidell High

Abigail Martin – Northlake Christian

Ian Timothy McCarthy – St. Paul’s High

 

All high schools in Washington and St. Tammany were invited to participate. Washington Parish Schools were invited to participate but opted to have their ceremony in the near future. Mr. Montgomery will be presenting his award at that time.

 

Video of Ceremony:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CH3h62GR1QHW81ne979BcK7eLZ4ZyUkv/view

District Attorney’s offices for the 22nd Judicial District now closed to the public, communication through email is encouraged..

DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES COMPLIANCE WITH EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION 33 JBE 2020 IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
 
All District Attorney’s offices for the 22nd Judicial District are closed to the public effective immediately and access to the secure parts of the office is limited to employees, starting at 8:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.
 
Because the health and safety of our employees and those doing business with our office we are enforcing employee only conditional access to the secure areas of our workplace.
We are carefully and continuously monitoring information from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, local area health departments, and our State and Federal partners so the we can respond rapidly as conditions change regarding COVID-19 coronavirus.
 
All those wishing to conduct business with our office are encouraged to contact us by email to damontgomery@22da.com
Or by phone at the:
St. Tammany Parish Justice Center, Covington, at 985 809-8383;
Washington Parish, Franklinton, at 985 839-6711;
Slidell Office, Slidell, at 985 646-4110;
Civil Department, Koop Drive at 985 898-3427
This page will be updated when there is additional and new information about our office’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We will also provide regular public updates on the operating status of our offices via our Facebook accounts.

Mandeville Man Gets Life In Prison For Fatally Stabbing His Estranged Wife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2019

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that George David Dargis, Jr., 40, of Mandeville, pleaded guilty Tuesday (April 23) to second degree murder and several related charges for stabbing his estranged wife to death in Mandeville in 2017 and committing a string of burglaries in Lacombe after fleeing the crime scene.

District Judge Reginald Badeaux sentenced Dargis to mandatory life in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence for the second degree murder and a total of 70 years in prison for the other crimes. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

Dargis fatally stabbed his wife, Julie Marange Dargis, on Dec. 2, 2017, at the home the couple once shared in Mandeville. The victim’s family members filled one side of the courtroom for the sentencing, and two of them spoke on behalf of the family. “You lied and said you loved Julie,” Cindy Marange, the victim’s mother, said. “You don’t murder people you love…Our lives are forever changed. Our lives will never be the same.”

When asked if he had anything to say, Dargis hung his head and said, “Sorry, sorry.”

Afterwards, family members hugged and thanked Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair, who prosecuted the case with the help of Assistant District Attorney Angelina Valuri.

Dargis was indicted in March last year by a St. Tammany Parish jury on second degree murder, possession of a Schedule II drug (Codeine), aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated obstruction of a highway, unauthorized entry of a business, three counts of simple criminal damage to property over $1,000, two counts of simple burglary, and simple robbery. Several of those charges stemmed from an incident that occurred four days before the murder. On Nov. 28, 2017, Dargis was arrested after fleeing from a police officer who attempted to stop him for speeding. Dargis ultimately crashed his car and fled on foot. Officers tracked him down and found a vial of Codeine in the car.

Dargis and his wife were living apart after he bonded out of jail for the crime on Nov. 28. When he showed up at her home on Dec. 2, 2017, they got into an argument. Dargis attacked her, slashed her throat, stabbed her in the abdomen, and fled in her rental car. While fleeing, he robbed a grocery store on Highway 190 in Lacombe and burglarized a couple of other businesses by driving the car into the establishments.

After the crime spree, Dargis showed up at his parents’ home in Slidell and told them he had “hurt” his wife. They told him to leave and called police. He was arrested after wrecking the rental car on the twin span bridge between Slidell and New Orleans.

On Tuesday, Dargis also pleaded guilty to all charges and received the following prison sentences:  possession of a Schedule II drug (Codeine), two years; aggravated flight from an officer, 10 years; aggravated obstruction of a highway, 15 years; unauthorized entry of a business, six years; three counts of simple criminal damage to property over $1,000, two years on each count; two counts of simple burglary, 12 years on each count; and simple robbery, seven years. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Jury Convicts Covington Man of Domestic Abuse Battery

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COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Robert G. Garner, Jr., 44, of Covington, on Oct. 11 of domestic abuse battery involving strangulation.  As a multiple offender, Garner faces two to six years in prison when he is sentenced by District Judge Peter Garcia.

On the night of May 13, 2018, Garner attacked the victim by punching her in the head and then strangling her in her Folsom home. The victim’s 15-year-old son eventually called a third party for help, and the police were notified.  The victim and her son testified during the trial about the attack. The jury also heard about two prior episodes of violence in which Garner beat and threatened the victim.

Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and William Macke played a voice mail message that was left by Garner, daring the victim to call the police. “They can’t watch you forever,” he said in the message. He also said in the message that the next time she wouldn’t walk again.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

D.A. Montgomery Names Shea Penton to Lead Washington Parish Office

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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.”

Speeding through North Shore traffic court on the horizon

A new traffic court in St. Tammany Parish will be launched on July 5 in a move designed to fast track cases that do not require a trial. Judge William H. Burris of the 22nd Judicial District will preside over the traffic court.

The new traffic court “is only possible with the help and participation of District Attorney Warren Montgomery‘s Office, St. Tammany Clerk of Court’s Office and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office,” according to a news release from the court administrator’s office.

Read more here:  https://www.nola.com/northshore/inde

Ex-Con Gets 20 Years for Possessing Gun and Drugs and Fleeing Police  

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May 15, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Michael Richardson, 34, of Covington, pleaded guilty Monday (May 14) to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana (third offense), and resisting an officer during an incident last year. District Judge Martin Coady sentenced Richardson to 20 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 11, 2017, when St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies stopped Richardson for a license plate violation, noticed smoke, and smelled marijuana coming from the car. The officer asked if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle, and Richardson handed the officers a blunt.

Richardson then fled on foot, hopped a 6-foot fence, and hid in a neighboring house that did not belong to him. The deputies eventually found Richardson inside the home, where he was hiding in the closet of a child’s bedroom.  The deputies also recovered a handgun that Richardson had hidden in a clothes hamper in the room. The handgun was later determined to have been stolen about a month and a half earlier in an automobile burglary.

Assistant District Attorney Holly McGinness prosecuted the case.