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  • Following an exhaustive, 23-month police use-of-force review, District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr., announces today his office will not seek criminal charges

    GRETNA, La. – Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr., announced today that his office will not seek criminal charges against JPSO narcotics agents Justin Brister, Gary Bordelon, David Lowe or Jason Spadoni, whose apprehension of Keeven Robinson led to his tragic death. In light of the evidence, the State cannot prove beyond a …
  • COVID-19 UPDATE No. 3

    The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office partially reopened its facilities on Monday, May 18. Many members of our staff have returned to their offices, but others continue to work remotely. Anyone wishing to enter parish government facilities must have their temperature taken by parish personnel upon entering and wear a mask while inside. Click here …
  • District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr. discusses National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2020

    As National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2020 kicks off, District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr. discusses his office’s ongoing service amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID-19 UPDATE No. 2

    In following state and local orders, the District Attorney’s Office is closed to the public effective 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 23. However, the office remains operational and committed to serving the public. During this period, we ask you to contact us at 504.361.2854, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or via email at info@jpda.us. Read …
  • COVID-19 UPDATE

    The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office remains operational and committed to serving our community. In accordance with all orders and directives issued by our State and local authorities we are encouraging members of the public to contact our office via phone at 504.368.1020 or email, info@jpda.us, instead of appearing in person. We have attached links …
  • Melvin Miller sentenced to back-to-back life sentences for Metairie double murder

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (March 5) sentenced Melvin Miller to two back-to-back life sentences in prison for his conviction of murdering a couple in their Metairie apartment seven years ago. Miller, 27, of Baton Rouge, was convicted as charged by a jury on Feb. 5 of two counts of second-degree murder. He killed …
  • Melvin Miller guilty of murdering transgender woman, her lover in Metairie

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday (Feb. 5) found Melvin Miller guilty of killing a transgender woman and her live-in lover in their Metairie apartment seven years ago. Miller, 27, of Baton Rouge, was convicted as charged of two counts of second-degree murder in the Feb. 5, 2013 deaths of Akeem Boudreaux, 22, and Morris …
  • Jeff Parish DA’s ‘IV-D’ staff collected $37.5M in child support during 2019

    Working through a federally funded program that’s administered by the state, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office collected $37.5 million in child support payments on behalf of families during the 2019 calendar year, a slightly higher amount than the year before. Through Title IV, Part D of the federal Social Security Act, also known as …
  • Irwin Gomez-Colon sentenced to life for brutal 2017 stabbing, strangulation murder

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Jan. 6) sentenced Irwin Gomez-Colon to a mandatory life sentence in prison for brutally stabbing and strangling a woman to death in her Terrytown apartment after raping her. Gomez-Colon, 34, a native of Honduras, was convicted as charged of the second-degree murder of Nancy Yahaira Gomez Rodriguez, 33, a …
  • Todd Williams gets 21 years for killing 3 Good Samaritans in DWI crash

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Dec. 9) sentenced Todd Williams to a total of 21 years in prison for killing three Good Samaritans and injuring two others while driving under the influence of alcohol. Williams, 40, of New Orleans, pleaded guily as charged guilty to three felony counts of vehicular homicide for the deaths …
  • Irwin Gomez-Colon guilty of brutal stabbing, strangulation murder

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday (Dec. 5) found Irwin Gomez-Colon guilty of brutally stabbing and strangling a woman in her Terrytown apartment. Gomez-Colon, 34, is guilty as charged of second-degree murder in the April 22, 2017, death of Nancy Yahaira Gomez Rodriguez, 33, a native of the Dominican Republic. Gomez-Colon and Rodriguez knew each …
  • Marrero man guilty of attempted murder of store clerk

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday night (Dec. 4) found Janarius Carey guilty of shooting a Marrero convenience store clerk before he himself was shot after repeatedly pointing his pistol at a deputy who was responding to the crime. Carey, 26, of Marrero, was convicted as charged of the attempted second-degree murder of an 18-year-old …
  • ‘Harvey Hustlers’ narcotics supplier sentenced to life for Marrero murder

    A judge on Monday (Dec. 2) sentenced Alcus Smith to life in prison for his conviction of killing Donte Hall in Marrero. Smith, 32, of Harvey, was convicted by a jury on Oct. 31 of the second-degree murder of Hall, 22, who was shot multiple times in the 2600 block of Pelican Bay Boulevard on …
  • Ray Farria pleads guilty to shooting his wife through car windshield

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Nov. 18) sentenced Ray Farria to 80 years in prison, after he admitted in court to fatally shooting his wife in the neck in full view of the couple’s four young children. Farria, 33, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the July 24, 2018 death of Dominique Farria, 30. He …
  • Brandon Martin sentenced to life for killing Daz Alexis, 19, in Marrero

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (Nov. 7) sentenced Brandon Cordell Martin to a mandatory life sentence in prison for his conviction of killing a teenager. A jury on Oct. 19 found Martin, 23, guilty as charged of the second-degree murder of Daz Alexis, 19, and of obstruction of justice. Martin, who lived in Marrero …
  • Jonathan Manuel convicted of murdering 10-month-old, wounding 16-year-old

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday (Nov. 7) found Jonathan “Dugga” Manuel guilty of firing a pistol into a Marrero home three years ago, killing a 10-month-old boy and injuring a 16-year-old. Manuel, 30, of Marrero, was found guilty as charged of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and two counts of being a convicted felon …
  • Wayne Norman sentenced to 99 years as a habitual offender

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (Nov. 6) sentenced Wayne Norman to 99 years in prison as a habitual offender, a week after he was convicted of robbing a 74-year-old man at gunpoint as the victim carried his Thanksgiving groceries into him Marrero home. Norman 29, of Marrero, was convicted by a jury last week …
  • First Assistant Steve Wimberly retiring after 23 years; Margaret Hay appointed to the post

      Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr. announced that effective Friday, Nov. 1, First Assistant District Attorney Steve Wimberly will retire after almost 23 years in the position. Mr. Connick has appointed Chief of Trials Margaret Hay as the office’s new First Assistant District Attorney. Mr. Wimberly has served as First Assistant since …
  • ‘Harvey Hustlers’ narcotics supplier convicted of Marrero murder

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday (Oct. 31) found Alcus Smith guilty of gunning down a man on a Marrero street in a retaliatory killing six years ago. Smith, 32, of Harvey, was convicted as charged of the second-degree murder of Donte Hall, 22, who was shot multiple times in the 2600 block of Pelican …
  • Wayne Norman convicted of robbing Thanksgiving shopper, fleeing deputies in stolen vehicle

    A Jefferson Parish jury Tuesday night (Oct. 29) found Wayne Norman guilty of robbing a 74-year-old Marrero man at gunpoint in his driveway as the victim carried his family’s Thanksgiving groceries into his home last year. Norman, 29, of Marrero, was convicted as charged of armed robbery and aggravated flight in connection with his crimes …
  • Brandon Martin convicted of murdering teen in Marrero, obstruction of justice

    A Jefferson Parish jury early Saturday unanimously found Brandon Cordell Martin guilty of shooting a teen in the head and then attempting to cover his tracks by eliminating evidence tying him to the crime. Martin, who turned 23 during his trial, was convicted as charged of the second-degree murder of Daz Alexis, 19, of New …
  • Harvey parents sentenced to prison in child cruelty case

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (Oct. 9) sentenced Lionel Smith of Harvey to 13 years in prison after a jury convicted him of cruelty to juveniles upon he and his girlfriend’s children as well as her children from another relationship. Judge Stephen Grefer of the 24th Judicial District Court also sentenced the children’s mother, …
  • Twyena Thomas sentenced to life for murdering her toddler

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Sept. 30) sentenced Twyena Thomas to life in prison for her conviction of killing her 28-month-old son, Chase Thomas. On the two-year anniversary of Chase’s death, Thomas, 29, appeared in court to receive the mandatory punishment for second-degree murder. A Jefferson Parish jury on Aug. 22 convicted her as …
  • Man convicted of sexually abusing girl sentenced to 60 years

    A Jefferson Parish judge sentenced Rafael Chinchilla to 60 years in prison Thursday (Sept. 12), for his conviction of sexually abusing a child. Chinchilla, 33, a native of Honduras, was convicted by a Jefferson Parish jury on Aug. 30 of sexual battery of a juvenile under age 13, indecent behavior with a juvenile under age …
  • Metairie man sentenced to 30 years for sexually abusing boy, child pornography

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Sept. 9) sentenced David Rees of Metairie to 30 years in prison after the defendant pleaded guilty as charged to crimes involving children. In addition, Rees, 49, will register as a sex offender for life and face a lifetime of electronic monitoring should he be released from prison, 24th …
  • Twyena Thomas guilty of murdering her 28-month-old son

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday night (Aug. 22) found Twyena Thomas guilty of causing her 28-month-old son’s death through blunt-force trauma injuries to the child’s head. Thomas, 29, was convicted as charged of the second-degree murder of Chase Thomas in the Kenner apartment he shared with his mother and three siblings. He stopped breathing …
  • Week roundup: New Orleans man pleads to narcotics offense during trial, Honduran man convicted of molesting child

    Two Jefferson Parish juries were seated this week for two unrelated trials, with one returning a guilty verdict against a man accused of sexually abusing a child and the other never getting to deliberate because the defendant pleaded guilty as charged. Louisiana vs. Tyran Jones Tyran Jones, 26, of New Orleans, received a 20-year prison …
  • Kenner man sentenced to 40 years for two Metairie kidnapping attempts

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (July 22) sentenced Joseph Picard to 40 years in prison for trying to kidnap a teenage girl and a woman from Metairie streets on June 15, 2017. Following a two-day trial last month, Picard, 42, of Kenner, was convicted as charged by a Jefferson Parish jury of two counts …
  • Nakesia Washington pleads guilty to stealing from 2018 Essence Festival tourists

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (July 3) gave Nakesia Washington a 15-year sentence after she admitted to stealing money from almost 100 people who paid her to arrange their travel packages to New Orleans’ Essence Festival last year. Washington, 42, of Harvey, who was the sole owner of OBL Travel in Marrero, pleaded guilty …
  • New Orleans man convicted of violating protective order – a second time

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Tuesday (June 25) deliberated approximately 20 minutes in finding Reginald Raymond guilty as charged of violating a protective order with previous convictions. Raymond, 55, of New Orleans, was under court order issued in August 2018 to stay away from a woman. He violated that order the first time in September …
  • Week roundup: Juries render guilty verdicts in JP, Kenner narcotics cases

    Jefferson Parish juries this week rendered guilty verdicts in three narcotics cases, including that of a Kenner man who was booked with selling heroin to another man who overdosed. Matthew Locicero, 31, was convicted as charged Thursday night (June 27) of distribution of heroin and obstruction of justice in connection with a Sept. 8, 2018 …
  • Terrance Leonard indicted with first-degree murder counts in Terrytown attack

    Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr. announced today that a grand jury has returned an indictment against Terrance L. Leonard for four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. “After consulting with my staff and receiving input from the victims’ families, I have decided that my office will seek …
  • Henry Lee, renowned forensic scientist, visits Jeff Parish DA’s office

    Dr. Henry Lee, a renowned forensic scientist, visited the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office on Friday (June 7) at the invitation of DA Paul D. Connick Jr., to speak to prosecutors on crime scene reconstruction and forensic analysis. (JPDA photos) It was 1986 and Paul D. Connick Jr. was a young Jefferson Parish assistant district …
  • Sentences handed down in recent armed robbery convictions

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (May 29) sentenced Aaron Harrell to 35 years in prison for his conviction of robbing a woman at gunpoint as she stood in her daughter’s driveway. Harrell, 40, of Jefferson, was convicted by a jury on May 14 of armed robbery and of being a convicted felon in possession …
  • Jefferson man convicted of robbing woman outside daughter’s home

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Tuesday night (May 14) found Aaron Harrell guilty of robbing a woman at gunpoint as she stood in her daughter’s driveway one morning last year. Harrell, 40, of Jefferson, was found guilty as charged of armed robbery and of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Harrell robbed …
  • Metairie man convicted of robbing a feral feline advocate

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Tuesday (May 14) found Bobby Johnson guilty of robbing and kidnapping a woman who advocates for feral felines. Johnson, 45, of Metairie, was convicted of first-degree robbery and simple kidnapping but was acquitted of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. At the time he committed these crimes, …
  • Chad McAvoy pleads guilty to killing his mother in Metairie

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (May 6) sentenced Chad McAvoy to 40 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to killing his mother with a shotgun blast in their Metairie home. The state, during plea negotiations, agreed to a reduced charge of manslaughter but demanded the maximum 40-year sentence. McAvoy, 22, admitted he killed …
  • Harvey man convicted of exploiting elderly woman, taking $800,000

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday evening (May 1) convicted Paul Juarez of exploiting an elderly Terrytown woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, assuming legal control of her finances and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of her money on many unexplained expenses. Juarez, 72, of Harvey, is guilty as charged of exploitation of persons with …
  • Terrytown man convicted of molesting 6-year-old girl

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday (April 24) found Ronnie Lim guilty of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl in 2012. Lim, 26, of Terrytown, was found guilty as charged of sexual battery of a juvenile under age 13. The jury deliberated about 30 minutes in reaching its verdict. Judge Conn Regan of the 24th Judicial …
  • Michael Dick sentenced to 80 years after admitting he killed stepfather

    Accepting the state’s requirements in a negotiated plea agreement, a Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (April 24) sentenced Michael Anthony Dick to 80 years in prison under the state’s habitual offender law, after Dick pleaded guilty to killing his stepfather in Terrytown. Dick, 33, admitted he shot Raymond Laurent, 60, while in the victim’s home …
  • Ex-gymnastics coach pleads guilty to molesting boys, sentenced to 65 years in prison

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (April 15) sentenced former gymnastics coach Jonathan M. West of Kenner to 65 years in prison, after West admitted he sexually exploited 13 boys under his care. West, 27, pleaded guilty as charged to the offenses outlined in a 24-count bill of information. The victims were between the ages …
  • Rushton, Schiffman receive ‘excellence’ award for double-murder prosecution

    Assistant District Attorneys Douglas Rushton and Lynn Schiffman were among the recipients of the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards. Members of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Kenner Police Department also received the award.   The Metropolitan Crime Commission on Tuesday (Feb. 5) recognized assistant district attorneys Douglas Rushton and Lynn Schiffman …
  • The week’s round-up: Juries convict in rape, illegal gun cases

    Jefferson Parish juries returned two guilty verdicts in unrelated trials this week, including that of a Kenner man who was convicting of raping an intoxicated woman in his car while she was unconscious. Third-degree rape conviction Cornelius Williams, 29, was convicted as charged of third-degree rape following a two-day trial that ended Tuesday (Jan. 8). …
  • Corey Woods sentenced to life plus 50 years for Metairie triple-murder, heroin distribution

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Jan. 7) sentenced Corey Woods to three life sentences, for his convictions of killing three people as they sat in a car two years ago. His victims included a 16-year-old girl, whom he shot in the back of her head as she tried to escape the gunfire. Woods, 33, …
  • New Orleans man on 4-state crime spree convicted of Kenner armed robbery

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday (Dec. 13) found a New Orleans man guilty of robbing a Kenner business, part of a crime spree in which he committed similar heists in four states during a three-month period in early 2014. Steven J. Rodney, 34, was convicted as charged of the armed robbery of the Walmart …
  • New Orleans man gets 20 years for orchestrating violent Harvey home invasion

    A Jefferson Parish judge has sentenced a New Orleans man to 20 years in prison, after the defendant admitted to orchestrating a Harvey home invasion in which a resident was shot during an exchange of gunfire. With jury selection underway in his trial on Wednesday (Dec. 12), Jermaine Robinson, 44, pleaded guilty as charged to …
  • Teddy Chester sentenced to life in ’95 cabbie murder

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (Dec. 12) sentenced Teddy Chester to life in prison for shooting a cab driver in the back of his head during an armed robbery attempt. Chester, 41, was convicted as charged during his retrial last month of second-degree murder in the Dec. 27, 1995 death of John Adams, 34, …
  • Vincenzo Randazzo pleads guilty to fatal hammer attack on elderly Kenner couple

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Dec. 3) sentenced Vincenzo “Jake” Randazzo to life in prison with parole eligibility, after he pleaded guilty as charged to attacking an elderly Kenner couple with a hammer, killing the man and injuring his wife. Randazzo, 17, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in connection with …
  • Metairie man sentenced to 30 years in pawn shop robbery

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Friday (Nov. 20) sentenced a former Metairie resident to 30 years in prison for his role in the armed robbery of an Airline Drive pawn shop last year. Edgard Rivas, 27, was convicted by a Jefferson Parish jury last month of two counts of first-degree robbery in connection with the …
  • Olivia Matte sentenced to 20 years for DWI fatality on Causeway bridge

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (Nov. 15) sentenced Olivia Matte to 20 years in prison for causing the death of a Mississippi man while she was driving drunk on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway last year. Matte, 28, of Covington, who had remained free on bond since pleading guilty on Sept. 4, surrendered Thursday to …
  • Corey Woods convicted of Metairie triple-murder, illegal gun possession

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday night (Nov. 8) convicted Corey Woods of killing three people as they sat in a car on a Metairie street last year, finding that he executed one victim and then shot two others to eliminate the witnesses. One of the victims was a 16-year-old girl, whom Woods shot in …
  • Teddy Chester convicted anew of murdering Kenner cabbie John Adams in 1995

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Monday night (Nov. 5) found Teddy Chester guilty of killing a cab driver in East Jefferson 23 years ago, bringing to two the number of times he has been convicted of the same crime. Chester, 40, is guilty as charged of second-degree murder for the Dec. 27, 1995 killing of …
  • Harvey, Metairie men convicted of unrelated armed robberies

    Jefferson Parish juries on Thursday evening (Oct. 25) returned guilty verdicts in two unrelated robberies, one involving a Harvey man who accosted two women in business parking lots and the other involving a Metairie man who helped in a pawn shop heist. Armed purse snatchings In the West Bank crime, Edward West, 31, of Harvey, …
  • Avondale man sentenced as triple-offender after Metairie home invasion conviction

    A judge on Monday (Oct. 22) handed a 45-year prison sentence to an Avondale man, whose criminal history includes narcotics offenses and whose latest conviction was for a Metairie home invasion that left a man critically injured. Damon Stephney, 40, was found to be a triple felony offender under Louisiana’s habitual offender law by retired …
  • Juvenile Pre-trial Diversion staff co-author report highlighting benefits of early intervention in delinquency cases

    Jefferson Parish’s Juvenile Pre-trial Diversion program is reaching troubled youths quicker than the intervention of the courts, according to a paper co-authored by Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office staff and published nationally this week. And that’s important considering that youths’ behaviors are more motivated by immediate rewards rather than when the consequences are extended over …
  • Marrero home invader sentenced to 68 years in prison as habitual offender

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (Oct. 10) resentenced Brandon Pike to 68 years in prison, finding that the man who was convicted earlier this year of brutally beating an 84-year-old woman in her home is a second-felony offender. Pike, 39, Marrero, was convicted as charged in February of aggravated burglary and second-degree battery. The …
  • Avondale man convicted of Metairie home invasion

    A Jefferson Parish jury Friday night (Sept. 21) found Damon Stephney guilty as charged of the aggravated burglary of a Metairie home last year, a crime in which a victim was shot twice in the back as he fled. The verdict brings to three the number of convictions reached in the crime to date. Stephney, …
  • Law enforcement, court officials learn new law helping keep guns out of domestic abusers’ hands

    Jefferson Parish Assistant District Attorney Sunny Funk, chief of the Family Violence Unit, and Lt. Valerie Martinez-Jordan of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office are engaged in a statewide effort to help train law enforcement officers and others on Louisiana’s new firearms divestiture law. (JPDA photos) With a new Louisiana law designed to further protect domestic …
  • Marrero man sentenced to two life sentences plus 50 years in Harvey murders, attempted murder

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (Sept. 12), sentenced Jacobie Green to back-to-back life sentences plus another 50 years in prison for his conviction of participating in a Father’s Day 2015 shooting in Harvey that left two men dead and a third man wounded. Green, 26, of Marrero, was convicted as charged Aug. 3, of …
  • Olivia Matte pleads guilty as charged to fatal DWI crash, awaits sentencing

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Tuesday (Sept. 4) ordered a presentencing investigation after Olivia Matte pleaded guilty to causing the death of a Mississippi man as a result of driving while intoxicated on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway last year. On what was scheduled to be her trial date, Matte, 28, of Covington, pleaded guilty as …
  • Harvey man sentenced to life plus 40 years for Woodmere murder, attempted murder

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Friday (Aug. 31) sentenced Ivory Franklin II to a mandatory life sentence plus 40 years in prison, for his conviction of shooting an 18-year-old acquaintance in the back of his head as they walked along a Harvey drainage canal bank. Franklin, 21, of Harvey, was convicted of second-degree murder in …
  • Gretna resident sentenced to 20 years, fined $50,000 in cocaine possession case

    A Jefferson Parish judge has sentenced a former Gretna resident to 20 years in prison for the almost 4,000 grams of cocaine he was found to possess during an investigation into narcotics trafficking from Texas. The cocaine in total had a $600,000 local street value. Marvin Acevedo, 35, also was ordered to pay a $50,000 …
  • Marrero man convicted in Harvey double-murder, attempted murder

    A Jefferson Parish jury found Jacobie “Cobie” Green guilty Friday night (Aug. 3) of opening fire in a Harvey apartment on Father’s Day 2015, killing two men and critically wounding a third man. Green, 26, who lived in Marrero at the time, was convicted as charged of two counts of second-degree murder and one count …
  • Gretna resident convicted of possessing almost 4,000 grams of cocaine

    A Jefferson Parish jury has found a Gretna resident guilty of possessing almost 4,000 grams of cocaine, which deputies found in a West Bank storage unit during their investigation of narcotics trafficking that originated in Texas. The defendant, who uses the name Marvin Acevedo, 35, was convicted as charged Tuesday night (July 10) of possession …
  • Houma man sentenced to life plus 40 years for killing Slidell man, burning his SUV

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (June 28) sentenced Terrance Calloway of Houma to life in prison plus 40 years, for his conviction of killing a Slidell man in Harvey during a robbery. Judge Michael Mentz of the 24th Judicial District Court also found Calloway in direct contempt of court and sentenced him to three …
  • Texas man sentenced to 20 years for possession, conspiracy to distribute 50 pounds of cocaine

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (July 28) sentenced Miguel Angel Garcia Jr., to 20 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute 50 pounds of cocaine that federal and local authorities found concealed in modified vehicle gas tank. Garcia, 44, of Laredo, Texas, was convicted as charged by a Jefferson Parish …
  • Texas man convicted of possessing, conspiracy to distribute 50 pounds of cocaine

    A Jefferson Parish jury convicted a Texas man Thursday (June 14) of his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than 50 pounds of cocaine, which federal and local authorities seized while arresting him two years ago outside a Metairie motel. Miguel Angel Garcia Jr., 44, of Laredo, was convicted as charged of possession of …
  • Houma man convicted of killing Slidell man in Harvey, burning victim’s SUV in Lafourche Parish

    A Jefferson Parish jury decided Wednesday evening (June 13) that Terrance Calloway is guilty of killing Cordaryle Robert, the Slidell man who was lured into a robbery by Calloway’s wife before he was shot in the face and left in a roadside drainage ditch in Harvey. Calloway, 30, of Houma, was convicted as charged of …
  • Harvey man convicted of teen’s Woodmere murder

    A Jefferson Parish jury decided Friday night (June 8) that Ivory Franklin II killed a teen as they walked along a Harvey drainage canal two years ago, firing a bullet into the back of the victim’s head before unleashing more bullets on the 15-year-old witness who ran through the murky water as he fled for …
  • Avondale man sentenced to life in prison for Harvey murder

    An Avondale man was sentenced Monday (May 14) to life in prison for his convictions stemming a Harvey shooting that left one man dead and another injured. Javontae “Tae” Simmons, 24, was convicted as charged on May 4 of second-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder. All charges …
  • Man sentenced to life in prison for raping, impregnating 12-year-old girl

    Days after he was convicted by a jury, Jose Ivan Moreno Cervantes was sentenced Monday (May 7) to a mandatory life sentence in prison for raping and impregnating a 12-year-old girl in West Jefferson. Cervantes, 36, was convicted as charged last week of the first-degree rape of a child whose pregnancy went undiagnosed into its …
  • Avondale man convicted of Harvey murder, attempted murders

    An Avondale man was convicted Thursday night (May 3), in connection with a shooting that left one man dead and a second man injured. Javontae “Tae” Simmons, 24, was convicted as charged of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. The shooting occurred about 12:45 a.m., on April …
  • New Orleans man sentenced in Bridge City bicyclist’s hit-and-run death

    A New Orleans man was sentenced to serve six years in prison to be followed by two years of probation for his conviction last month of the hit-and-run death of a Bridge City bicyclist. Taurus C. Hale, 21, was convicted of killing Bruce McJilton, 65. McJilton was riding his bicycle north on Nine Mile Point Road …
  • Man convicted of raping, impregnating 12-year-old girl

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Tuesday (May 1) found a man guilty of raping and impregnating a 12-year-old girl in West Jefferson, rejecting the defendant’s assertion that the victim used his discarded condom to cause the pregnancy. Jose Ivan Moreno Cervantes, 36, who at the time of his arrest resided in Denham Springs, was convicted …
  • Kenner man sentenced to life plus 40 years in murder and dismemberment case

      Convicted of killing his rival in a Kenner love triangle before dismembering the slain man’s body and discarding the parts in a River Parishes swamp, Viusqui J. Perez-Espinosa was sentenced Thursday (April 26) to spend the rest of his life in prison plus 40 years. Perez, 45, a Cuban national whose work history included …
  • With an apology, Harvey defendant pleads guilty to killing Shamarie Joseph

    As jury selection was about to begin in his trial, an apologetic Romalis Levier pleaded guilty Tuesday (April 24) to inadvertently causing the death of a 15-year-old girl while he was shooting at a rival on a Harvey street. Levier, 20, of Harvey, accepted the maximum 40-year prison sentence in pleading guilty to manslaughter for …
  • Man convicted of killing Bridge City bicyclist in hit-and-run case

    A New Orleans man was convicted Wednesday night (April 18) of hitting and killing a 65-year-old bicyclist on a Bridge City road. Taurus C. Hale, 21, who at the time of the incident lived in Marrero, was found guilty as charged of hit-and-run driving causing death or serious bodily injury, in which he killed Bruce …
  • Gretna couple sentenced to decades in prison for molesting three girls

    A Gretna couple convicted last month of sexually abusing three juvenile girls has been sentenced to prison. Elvin Villafranca, 40, and Argentina Mesa, 54, were sentenced Monday (April 16) to 60 years and 35 years, respectively, for their March 20 convictions of abusing the girls in their Newton Street home in 2013 and 2014. The …
  • ‘Grant me the Serenity, Courage & Wisdom,’ on National Crime Victims Rights Week 2018

    Nancy Michel, chief of the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Assistance Division. (JPDA photo by Paul Purpura) It was late last year when Nancy Michel and Assistant District Attorney Kenny Bordelon carried out the unenviable task of meeting with the grieving mother of a young man who was fatally shot in Marrero. There was …
  • Terrytown teen sentenced to life with parole in Westwego murder

    A Terrytown teen was sentenced Wednesday (April 4) to life in prison with the benefit of parole eligibility for killing a 15-year-old boy in Westwego. Chamid Davis, 19, committed the second-degree murder of Kevin Thomas Jr., on Oct. 19, 2015, a Jefferson Parish jury decided last month. Davis, who was 16 years old at the …
  • Kenner man convicted of killing, dismembering rival in love triangle

    Viusqui J. Perez-Espinosa was convicted Monday night (March 26) of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s new lover in Kenner before dismembering the body and dumping the parts in a St. John the Baptist Parish swamp. Perez, 45, a Cuban national who had worked as a butcher, was convicted as charged of the second-degree murder of Ives Alexis …
  • Terrytown teen convicted in Westwego murder

    A Terrytown teen was convicted Friday night (March 23) of luring a 15-year-old boy out of his family’s Westwego apartment and fatally shooting him as he fled for his life. Chamid Davis, 19, committed the second-degree murder of Kevin Thomas Jr., the Jefferson Parish jury decided. The motive: Retaliation for Thomas allegedly stealing a gun. …
  • Gretna couple convicted of sexually abusing three juvenile girls

    A Gretna couple was convicted Tuesday night (March 20) of molesting three juvenile girls, including a teenager who was given alcohol before she was sexually abused while in a drunken state. Both Elvin Villafranca, 40, and Argentina Mesa, 54, were convicted of sexual battery counts for the crimes that occurred at their home in 2013 …
  • Ronald Gasser sentenced to 30 years in Joe McKnight’s death

    Ronald Gasser, the West Jefferson man who killed former John Curtis Christian School and pro-football player Joe McKnight at a Terrytown intersection, was sentenced Thursday (March 15) to 30 years in prison. A Jefferson Parish jury on Jan. 26 found Gasser, 56, guilty of manslaughter for killing McKnight, 28. Jurors rejected Gasser’s justifiable homicide defense …
  • Marrero man pleads guilty to social media hook-up armed robbery

    With jury selection underway, a Marrero man cut short his trial Tuesday (March 6) and pleaded guilty as charged to robbing a man he met through a social media dating application. Randell Mason, 27, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbing a 21-year-old New Orleans man of his car just before 2 a.m., …
  • Marrero man convicted of beating woman, 84, during New Year’s Eve burglary

    A Marrero man was convicted as charged Tuesday night (Feb. 27) of forcing his way into an 84-year-old woman’s home in search of money on New Year’s Eve 2016 and beating her until she lost consciousness. Brandon Pike, 39, was found guilty of aggravated burglary and second-degree battery in connection with the crimes in the …
  • Terrytown many sentenced to life for Marrero murder that left child injured

    A Terrytown man was sentenced Tuesday (Feb. 20) to a mandatory life sentence in prison for his involvement in a Marrero shooting that left a man dead and an 8-year-old girl injured. Kendell Ellis, 29, was convicted by a Jefferson Parish jury on Feb. 2 of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit …
  • Avondale man sentenced to life in prison for Kenner couple murders

    An Avondale man who was convicted last month of murdering a couple in their Kenner home was sentenced Thursday (Feb. 8) to spend the rest of his life in prison. Shaun Barnett, 30, received the mandatory sentence for his conviction of two counts of first-degree murder. Barnett killed Dawn Scott, 28, and Raynell Kimbrough, 31, …
  • Terrytown man convicted in Marrero fatal shooting that injured a child

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Friday (Feb. 2), returned a guilty verdict against Kendell Ellis, convicting him in the shooting death of a man during an armed robbery attempt on a Marrero street and of wounding of an 8-year-old girl who was playing outside her cousin’s home. Ellis, 29, of Terrytown, was convicted as charged …
  • DA Paul Connick’s statement on the conviction in Joe McKnight’s death

    We offer our most sincere condolences to the McKnight family and hope they can find peace in knowing that justice has been served in this case. We also want to thank the jurors for their service and incredible attentiveness they spent following the evidence. District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr. Assistant District Attorneys Shannon Swaim …
  • Avondale man convicted of murdering Kenner couple in their bed

    An Avondale man was convicted Friday night (Jan. 26), of killing a couple as they slept in their bed in Kenner, even as an infant lay between the victims. Shaun Barnett, 30, faces life in prison for his conviction of two counts of first-degree murder for the April 4, 2016, deaths of Dawn Scott, 28, …
  • ‘My mother was a wonderful woman,’ daughter writes as dad sentenced to life for her murder

    A New Orleans man who was convicted this month of killing his ex-wife in front of their children was sentenced Thursday (Jan. 25) to a mandatory life sentence in prison. Ronald Mitchell Sr., 39, shot Derice Bailey, 35, in the head and chest as they stood in the kitchen of her Aero Street home on …
  • New Orleans man convicted of murdering his ex-wife in Metairie

    A New Orleans man with a history of domestic abuse was convicted Friday (Jan. 12) of killing his ex-wife in her Metairie home, ignoring their young children’s pleas before shooting her in the chest and head. Ronald Mitchell Sr., 39, faces spending the rest of his life in prison for the second-degree murder of Derice …
  • Metairie man sentenced to life in prison for raping boy

    A Metairie man who was convicted of raping a young boy was sentenced Monday (Dec. 11) to a life sentence in prison. Charles Turner, 38, was convicted as charged on Nov. 8, of the aggravated rape of the boy, who was abused over a two-year period beginning in 2013, when he was 8 years old. …
  • Waggaman father sentenced to 40 years in prison for teen son’s beating death

    A Waggaman man who caused his teenage son’s death through a disciplinary beating over a failing grade at his middle school was sentenced Monday (Nov. 27) to 40 years in prison, the maximum punishment allowed by law for manslaughter. Furnell Daniel Sr., 45, was held criminally responsible for the death of 14-year-old Jalen Daniel. A …
  • Waggaman man convicted of causing teen son’s death over ‘F’ class grade

    A Waggaman man was convicted of manslaughter early Saturday morning (Nov. 18), for causing his teenage son’s death by beating the middle-school student with a piece of wood as punishment for one failing class grade. Furnell Daniel Sr., 45, faces up to 40 years in prison for the death of 14-year-old Jalen Daniel. Using about …
  • Convicted child predator convicted anew of sexually abusing 3 children

    A convicted sex offender was once again convicted Thursday night (Nov. 16) of sexually abusing three children in Kenner. Carlos Alberto Montero Sr., 54, faces life in prison for his conviction of two counts of aggravated rape, sexual battery of a juvenile under age 13, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile under the …
  • Adam Littleton sentenced to life for Jasilas Wright’s I-10 death

    Adam Littleton was sentenced Thursday (Nov. 9) to a mandatory life sentence in prison, for his criminal culpability in causing the death of a woman who was fatally struck by vehicles on Interstate 10 in Metairie after she leapt from his moving car in trying to escape him. Littleton, 26, a Mississippi native, was convicted …
  • Metairie man convicted of raping boy

    A Metairie man faces life in prison for his conviction Wednesday (Nov. 8), of raping a young boy. Charles Turner, 38, was convicted as charged of aggravated rape of a juvenile under age 13. Turner abused a boy over a two-year period, beginning in 2013 when the child was 8 years old. The abuse happened …
  • Algiers man sentenced to life in Bucktown murder and armed robbery attempt

    An Algiers man who was convicted last month of an armed robbery-related homicide in the Bucktown area was sentenced Thursday (Nov. 2) to a mandatory life sentence in prison. Bobby James, 25, committed the second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery of Dwayne Baptiste, 27, a Jefferson Parish jury decided Oct. 12. James shot Baptiste in …