Year: 2016

Waggaman man guilty in Marrero shooting that wounded toddler

A Waggaman man was convicted Thursday night (Dec. 15) for his involvement in a retaliatory ambush-style shooting of a Marrero woman and her 2-year-old son, who was struck in his chest by a bullet as he walked with his mother to their apartment.

Kedrick “KK” Anderson, 24, faces up to 50 years in prison for each of the two counts of attempted second-degree murder. A Jefferson Parish jury returned with its guilty-as-charged verdicts at 10:30 p.m., Thursday.

The 25-year-old woman and her toddler were walking between buildings at an apartment complex in the 2800 block of Mount Kennedy Drive, about 11 p.m. on July 13, 2013, when three gunmen opened fire in an ambush. Bullets struck buildings and a shed, as the woman dropped to the ground.

One bullet struck the child in the chest and exited his back, as his mother crawled through the grass to the toddler. She picked up her son and ran around a building to escape to her nearby apartment, according to testimony.

As the woman ran away from the gunfire, she heard more gunshots. She emerged from between two buildings and noticed Anderson, holding a rifle and standing near large garbage bins behind the apartment complex. Anderson fired the rifle but not the bullet that injured the child.

The woman escaped to her apartment, where 911 was called. EMS was dispatched. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Lewis arrived at the apartment, picked up the wounded child and rushed him to paramedics outside, likely saving his life, according to testimony.

The shooting was one in a chain of violent crimes in 2013 involving a dispute between two groups of people who targeted one-another in seeking street justice. The woman and her child were fired upon because of their connection to the child’s father, Antoine Payne, whom his rivals suspected cooperated with police in a 2010 armed robbery case.

Based upon the spent bullet casings recovered at the scene, investigators determined that four firearms were used in the shooting. Two were 9mm pistols, one was a .45-caliber pistol and the fourth was an AK-47 assault rifle, based on the 7.62 by 39mm caliber casings. Those casings were the only ones that could be fired from a rifle, Sheriff’s Office firearms examiner Jené Rauch testified.

The AK-47 casings were recovered from near the garbage bins, where Anderson stood with a rifle during the shooting.

One of the 9mm pistols also was used in two homicides, in Marrero and Metairie, and a shoot-out that continued across the Crescent City Connection to the elevated Westbank Expressway in Gretna on July 16, 2013, detective Sgt. Gary Barteet testified.

The investigation of the shooting of the mother and son continued without results for three months, until Deputy Joseph Ragas spoke with the victim’s family. Ragas knew the victim’s family, an association that provided him with the opportunity to meet with the woman in October 2013. The woman eventually identified the men who shot at her and her son.

“She was afraid,” Ragas testified. “She was afraid to come forward.”

The dispute which led to her son getting shot stemmed from a 2010 armed robbery case, in which Payne pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and received a three-year prison sentence. His co-defendant pleaded guilty to armed robbery and received a 20-year prison sentence. Payne’s plea to a lesser charge led acquaintances to suspect that he cooperated with law enforcement in order to get less prison time.

As such, Payne became a target for violent acts. The victim of the Mount Kennedy shooting testified she was unaware of the ongoing problems her children’s father was having with his rivals. In testimony on Wednesday, she blamed Payne for her son getting shot.

A month after the Mount Kennedy shooting, on Aug. 12, 2013, Payne fired three gunshots from a distance at a car driven by the 22-year-old mother of Anderson’s children as she drove in the 900 block of Beechgrove Boulevard in Bridge City. The woman’s 1-year-old son was in the car with her.

No one was injured, but the woman identified Payne as the gunman. She also said she believed she was targeted in retaliation for the Mount Kennedy shooting, in which Payne’s son was wounded.

For that crime, Payne pleaded guilty last year to aggravated assault and received a 2-year prison sentence followed by three years of probation, the first year of which is to be spent in home incarceration.

Anderson, in testifying on Thursday, denied involvement in the shooting and testified that the woman wrongly identified him. Judge Stephen Enright of the 24th Judicial District Court is scheduled to sentence Anderson on Jan. 17.

Assistant District Attorneys Angad Ghai and Douglas Rushton prosecuted the case.

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Marrero man convicted of raping young girl, faces life in prison

A Marrero man will spend the rest of his life in prison for his conviction of raping an autistic young girl.

Timmy W. Doucet, 40, was convicted as charged by a Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 1) of one count of aggravated rape. He was charged with raping a girl here beginning when she was 8 years old.

Doucet is acquainted with the victim, whose identity is not being released. The victim, who is now age 13, disclosed the abuse to her mother in August 2015, years after the abuse ended.

The victim said that Doucet raped her at least once at a Marrero residence beginning in 2011, starting with an incident in which he forced her into a backyard shed to sexually abuse her.

The victim said that the rape hurt and caused her to cry out, so he held his hand over his mouth. Afterward, he threatened to beat her up if she told anyone. The victim also reported that Doucet raped her multiple times at a Mississippi location.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation, leading to Doucet’s indictment and conviction. Doucet also awaits his trial in Pearl River County, Miss., on charges of sexually abusing the girl.

The Jefferson Parish jury deliberated about four hours before returning with its verdict just after 4 p.m., on Thursday afternoon. Judge Nancy Miller of the 24th Judicial District Court, who presided over the three-day trial, is scheduled to sentence Doucet on Monday (Dec. 5).

Assistant District Attorneys Seth Shute and Rachel Africk prosecuted the case.

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Marrero man who ran over ex-girlfriend’s mother with SUV sentenced to life in prison

A Marrero man was sentenced Thursday (Dec. 1) to life in prison as a habitual offender, for a criminal history capped by his recent conviction of running over his ex-girlfriend’s 61-year-old mother with his large sports-utility vehicle on a Harvey sidewalk last year.

Earl Harris, 43, was convicted by a Jefferson Parish jury on Aug. 26 of aggravated second-degree battery. That case stems from the Sept. 15, 2015 incident in the 1100 block of Clydesbank Drive, in the Scotsdale neighborhood.

The victim, who is the grandmother of several of Harris’ children, testified during the trial that she had walked to a cousin’s home on Clydesbank Drive to borrow diapers for one of her grandchildren. She was returning to her nearby home from that errand about 11 p.m., accompanied by a friend, when she noticed the headlights and heard the engine of the SUV being driven up from behind her on the sidewalk, she testified.

Harris used the SUV to strike her before he circled around across lawns for a second strike. He ran over her on the second pass, crushing her left leg. He circled around a third time and stopped, and the victim then noticed that Harris was the driver.

“He looked over at me on the ground and smiled,” she testified during the trial.

Harris circled again a fourth time, aiming at the victim’s friend, who was not injured. The victim’s friend and a nearby resident, meanwhile, called 911.

For the conviction of aggravated second-degree battery, Judge Conn Regan of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Harris on Thursday to the maximum 15 years in prison at hard labor. “I think you were lucky they didn’t charge you with attempted second-degree murder,” Judge Regan told Harris.

The court then proceeded into a multiple bill hearing, with the state seeking an enhanced sentence under the state’s habitual offender law. Four of Harris’ prior felony convictions were used:

  • In 1999, Harris was convicted of distribution of cocaine, for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • In 1997, Harris was convicted of distribution of a false controlled dangerous substance, or fake cocaine, and was sentenced to three years in prison.
  • In 1995, Harris was convicted of second-degree battery and was sentenced to three years in prison.
  • In 1991, Harris was convicted of armed robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison.

After hearing testimony from a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office latent fingerprint examiner, Kortni Sinon, Judge Regan ruled that prosecutors met their burden in proving that Harris is the same person who was convicted of the previous crimes.

Judge Regan then vacated the 15-year sentence he gave for the aggravated second-degree battery and resentenced Harris to mandatory life sentence in prison without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Harris had been scheduled to be sentenced for the aggravated second-degree battery conviction in September, but the hearing was postponed to October after he told the judge in arguing a pro se motion for a new trial that his constitutional rights were violated. He alleged he was not allowed to cross-examine the victim during the trial, a request he made before his trial but one he did not revive as the victim began testifying. Harris was represented by a public defender who aggressively conducted the cross-examination.

Judge Regan denied Harris’ new-trial request and re-set the sentencing and multiple-bill hearings for Thursday. In multiple bill hearings, fingerprint experts match newly obtained prints to those obtained in the prior criminal cases. The intent is to prove that the defendant is the same person who was convicted of the previous offenses listed in the multiple bill.

On Thursday, Harris, who is 6’7” tall, refused to be fingerprinted voluntarily in court for this process, asserting that doing so would violate his constitutional right against self-incrimination. So Judge Regan ordered corrections officers to escort Harris back to the parish jail to be printed. Deputies escorted him back to court peacefully shortly after for the sentencing hearing.

In August, Harris disrupted his trial in front of the jury by creating a disturbance moments after the victim began testifying against him. That led Judge Regan to grant the defense request for a mistrial. Prosecutors prevailed in having that mistrial order overturned at the state 5th Circuit Court of Appeal. The trial resumed with the victim’s testimony, and Harris was convicted the following day.

Assistant District Attorneys Brittany Beckner and Andrew DeCoste prosecuted the aggravated second-degree battery case.

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New Orleans man convicted of marijuana distribution from Gretna hotel

A New Orleans East man was convicted as charged in Jefferson Parish Thursday night (Nov. 18) of possession with intent to distribute the 149 grams of marijuana he left behind in a Gretna motel room earlier this year.

Raymond Allen, 28, rented a room in the 100 block of the Westbank Expressway for one night on May 5, 2016. The following morning, he left the hotel to run errands, planning to return to his room before the 11 a.m. check-out time.

He was unable to make it back in time. A housekeeper who was cleaning the room discovered the marijuana and notified the hotel management, which in turn called the Gretna Police Department.

Allen returned to the hotel about 12:30 p.m., that day, planning to ask the manager if he could obtain his belongings. Instead, he was greeted by police officers who were investigating the marijuana.

“Y’all are here because of the weed in my room,” Allen told the officers, admitting later that he was in the process of selling marijuana to help himself financially. Officers also found more than $900 in cash in his pocket during the arrest.

The officers found five sandwich bags stuffed with marijuana in a plastic grocery bag that was set atop the room’s dresser. The officers also found paraphernalia associated with marijuana distribution.

Testifying during the daylong trial on Thursday, Allen denied the charges, saying he purchased the marijuana in bulk to save money, and that he bought it only for personal use. He said he lived with his mother in eastern New Orleans at the time and so he rented the Gretna motel room to have private time with his girlfriend and not as a location from which he would sell marijuana.

A 12-member Jefferson Parish jury deliberated about 40 minutes before returning with its verdict just before 10 p.m. Allen faces a punishment of five years to 30 years in prison, with the benefit of probation, parole or suspended sentence.

Judge Lee Faulkner of the 24th Judicial District Court is scheduled to sentence Allen on Dec. 1. It is within the judge’s discretion to suspend the imposition of the sentence and place the subject on probation.

Assistant District Attorneys Michael Smith and Angel Manzanares prosecuted the case.

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Joshua Every indicted for first-degree murder of Raising Cane’s manager Taylor Friloux

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul D. Connick, Jr. announced today that a grand jury has returned an indictment for first-degree murder against Joshua Every for the death of Taylor Friloux.

Ms. Friloux, 21, a manager at a Raising Cane’s restaurant in Kenner, died from injuries she received on June 29, when she was stabbed numerous times during an armed robbery of the business.

“After meeting with Ms. Friloux’s family and consulting with my staff, I have decided my office will seek the death penalty,” Mr. Connick said.

The grand jury separately returned an eight-count indictment charging for offenses associated with the Raising Cane’s incident:

  • Every, 23, of LaPlace, two counts of armed robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice;
  • Gregory Donald, Jr., 19, of Kenner, second-degree murder of Ms. Friloux, two counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice;
  • Mark Crocklen, Jr., 25, of LaPlace, second-degree murder of Ms. Friloux, two counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice;
  • Ariana Runner, 22, of Reserve, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and obstruction of justice.

Because these are pending matters, there will be no further comment by this office.

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Convicted Marrero bank robber sentenced to 50 years in prison

A Marrero man who was convicted last month of robbing the same West Jefferson bank branch twice, about one year apart, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Brandon Gray, 40, was convicted as charged by a Jefferson Parish jury on Sept. 22 of five counts of armed robbery, aggravated flight and two counts of aggravated assault. The five armed robbery counts represent the five bank employees he victimized during the two bank robberies.

With three of the victims sitting and the case detective Marc Macaluso seated in the front row of her courtroom, Judge Danyelle Taylor of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Gray on Wednesday (Oct. 19) to 50 years for each of the robbery victims, five years for the aggravated assault and six months for each of the aggravated flight charges.

The 50-year sentences are to be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspended sentence. Judge Taylor ran the sentences concurrently and told Gray that his “actions were malevolent in nature.”

One of the victims wrote a letter to the court as impact testimony, urging the judge to sentence Gray to the maximum punishment allowable. She noted “the tremendous impact” Gray’s crimes had on her and her coworkers, and that he had not been rehabilitated after serving prison time for a 1997 armed robbery, involving the carjacking of a 64-year-old Westwego man in front of his home.

The victim said she and coworkers twice had to endure Gray entering their workplace, leaving in his wake anxiety that employees continue to suffer despite knowing that he has been incarcerated. One employee no longer works in banks because of the robbery experience.

“Mr. Gray held a gun to my ribs and threatened to kill me,” the victim wrote.

Gray robbed the Iberia Bank branch on Barataria Boulevard in Marrero on Sept. 30, 2013 and got away with it until he returned to the bank a second time on Oct. 9, 2014, to rob it again, according to trial testimony.

As Gray entered the bank, using vulgar and threatening language and pointing a pistol at employees, a banker happened to be speaking on the phone with her husband, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office lieutenant. He immediately began broadcasting the robbery in progress over the police radio system, relaying to his fellow deputies details about the robber as soon as his wife relayed the details to him, according to testimony.

With that information, a deputy spotted Gray in his sports-utility vehicle stopped at a red light at a Marrero intersection. Noticing the deputy behind him, Gray became nervous and accelerated through the red light, leading deputies on a pursuit through Marrero, according to testimony.

Gray drove into the Lincolnshire subdivision, where he wrecked his SUV into a house on Constantine Street. He jumped out of the driver’s seat and ran around the rear of his SUV. The plastic grocery bag in which he carried the stolen cash snagged the rear bumper, ripping it open and spilling the bills on the lawn.

He then climbed over a side fence into the house’s back yard, where he turned and faced two deputies. He pointed a pistol at the deputies, one of whom opened fire, striking Gray once in his right leg, according to trial testimony.

Gray fled but was caught nearby. The two deputies are the victims in the aggravated flight and aggravated assault charges.

The weapon Gray used during the 2014 robbery was an air gun pellet pistol, leading his attorney to argue at trial that, among other things, he could not be convicted of armed robbery.

Judge Taylor noted Gray’s use of the pellet pistol. “No one should have to experience that,” Judge Taylor said, noting the victims’ testimony.

Gray, seated in a wheel chair because of the gunshot wound, said nothing during the sentencing hearing. His attorney’s requests for a new trial and post-verdict judgment of acquittal were denied.

Assistant District Attorneys Blair Constant and Thomas Sanderson prosecuted the case.

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Dexter Allen convicted of killing David Pence, son Nicholas in Metairie home

Dexter Allen of New Orleans, arrested last year in connection with the horrific execution of a man and his son in their Metairie home, faces spending the rest of his life in prison for his conviction on Monday (Oct. 17) of two counts of second-degree murder and 19 counts of simple burglary.

After hearing testimony over five days from almost 50 witnesses and seeing about 180 exhibits of evidence, a Jefferson Parish jury unanimously found that Allen, 18, used a stolen shotgun to execute David Pence, 56, and his son Nicholas Pence, 25, in the victims’ home just before midnight on April 22, 2015.

Allen, who traveled to Metairie in a sport-utility vehicle that he allegedly carjacked in New Orleans earlier that day, broke into 19 vehicles in the Pences’ neighborhood. He broke into David Pence’s Ford Mustang that was parked in the family’s driveway, and then slipped into the Pence home through a side door in hopes of stealing a purse that was visible from outside.

Allen killed the Pences with five shotgun blasts, according to testimony. David Pence was likely killed first, while he slept in the recliner chair from which he watched television almost nightly. A shotgun blast to his head probably killed him instantly, according to testimony. Nicholas Pence, who likely went to his father’s side after hearing the gunfire, appeared to have been forced to the ground before he was shot in the head.

Beth Pence was in her bed during the shooting, roused from sleep by the noise, she testified. She found her husband dead and her son dying and called 911 at 11:53 p.m., according to testimony. The jury heard a recording of her heart-rending call, including Nicholas Pence’s last breaths and a 911 dispatcher’s urging the woman to perform chest compressions to keep her son alive.

Judge Ray Steib of the 24th Judicial District Court set a Nov. 14 status hearing on Allen’s sentencing, which would be done at a later date. Because Allen was under age 18 at the time he killed the Pences, he cannot receive a mandatory life sentence in prison, which is the statutory punishment for second-degree murder under Louisiana law. Allen was 17 when he killed the Pences.

Judge Steib has the discretion to hand down either a sentence of life with the possibility of parole or life without parole, a decision he will make after hearing testimony and receiving evidence at a sentencing hearing. By law, Allen potentially could receive life with parole, meaning he would be eligible to apply for parole after serving 35 years of his sentence, provided certain criteria are met.

Allen denied killing the Pences, and there were no eyewitnesses to the homicides. However, he confessed to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives William “Brad” Roniger and Thomas Gai that he and his girlfriend were in Metairie in a stolen vehicle, breaking into cars on the night in question.

Police found the shotgun hidden under Allen’s mother’s home in New Orleans. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Emily Barrios, qualified as an expert in firearms and tool mark analysis, connected the spent shotgun shells in the Pence home to that shotgun. She testified she had “no doubt” that the shotgun found under Allen’s mother’s home was the murder weapon.

Laura Catilin Oliver of the Sheriff’s Office Regional DNA Laboratory, qualified as an expert in DNA analysis, testified that Allen’s genetic material was recovered from the shotgun’s stock, grip and trigger guard. The statistical probability that the DNA belonged to someone other than Allen is greater than only one in 100 billion, Oliver testified.

Two days after killing the Pences, Allen was arrested in eastern New Orleans. He led members of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force on a vehicle pursuit that ended with his arrest after he jumped into the Industrial Canal at Interstate 10, according to testimony. Detectives found evidence in the stolen sports-utility vehicle and Allen’s mother’s home that was connected to some of the Metairie burglaries, according to testimony.

Detectives also found David Pence’s pharmacy card under the front passenger seat, where Allen sat after leaving Metairie following the homicides. That card was in Mrs. Pence’s purse, which was stolen from her kitchen countertop during the homicides, according to testimony.

Other evidence included residential security camera images of the burglars and traffic cameras through which detectives tracked the stolen SUV being driven to I-10 on Bonnabel Boulevard and back to New Orleans.

Allen’s attorney, who provided no witnesses, called the state’s case “100-percent circumstantial,” and argued that prosecutors had not proven that Allen killed the Pences.

The jury deliberated less than two hours before convicting Allen as charged of all counts. He still faces trial in New Orleans Criminal District Court for the carjacking and other offenses that occurred the day he killed the Pences and during the days that followed.

Allen’s girlfriend, Haraquon Degruy, 19, of New Orleans, awaits trial in Jefferson Parish on two counts of being principal to second-degree murder and 17 counts of simple burglary.

Assistant District Attorneys Seth Shute and Rachel Africk prosecuted the case.

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Marrero teen halts trial, pleads guilty to carjacking and gets 16-year sentence

A Marrero teenager whose DNA connected him to a carjacking outside a busy West Bank business abruptly ended his trial Thursday morning and pleaded guilty as charged.

After hearing his victim and deputies testify against him, Rockeen Jacks, 19, admitted on the second day of his trial his guilt of armed robbery using a firearm. He admitted he committed the Dec. 22, 2015 crime outside a convenience store in the 6200 block of the Westbank Expressway, at Ames Boulevard in Marrero.

In accepting the plea, Judge Stephen Grefer of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Jacks to 16 years in prison: 10 years for the robbery, five years as a sentence enhancement because a gun was used in the crime and one year for an unrelated battery on a corrections officer for an incident in the parish jail in June.

The 64-year-old victim testified he purchased a plate of food in the store and was returning to his 2002 Nissan Altima in the parking lot about 4 p.m. That’s when Jacks, his head covered by the hoodie he wore as he lurked in the parking lot, approached the victim with a black semiautomatic pistol beside his leg.

Jacks repeatedly demanded the keys. The victim initially resisted, even as they stood “eye to eye, face to face,” the victim testified Wednesday.

An “old man” who witnessed the altercation told the victim to give the robber the keys, the victim testified. “Man, don’t let him shoot you out here for nothing,” the man told him before driving away, never to be identified. The victim surrendered the keys.

During his testimony, the victim was asked to describe the robber. “What did he look like? He’s sitting right there,” the victim replied, pointing to Jacks sitting nearby at the defense table.

Jacks drove away east on the Westbank Expressway. The victim called 911, initiating an investigation by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Two days later, on Christmas Eve 2015, the victim and his brother separately spotted the stolen car with two men inside, being driven north on Silver Lilly Lane in Marrero. The victim called 911 and followed the car, relating his whereabouts to the dispatcher until he lost it. He spotted it parked in the 900 block of DiMarco Drive – the same block where Jacks lived. Its occupants were gone. He called 911 again, reporting he found the car.

The Sheriff’s Office Regional DNA Laboratory later found Jacks’ DNA on a plastic water bottle in the car. His DNA profile was in a federal law enforcement database because of a previous conviction of battery on a welfare worker. When shown a photographic line-up that included Jacks’ photo, the victim positively identified him as the person who carjacked him.

Assistant District Attorneys Thomas Sanderson and Blair Constant prosecuted the case.

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Jerman Neveaux indicted for first-degree murder of JPSO Detective David Michel

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr. announced today that a grand jury has returned an indictment for first-degree murder against Jerman Joseph Neveaux in the death of Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective David F. Michel Jr.

“We believe the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Detective Michel warrant the harshest penalty,” Mr. Connick said. “After consulting with my staff and Detective Michel’s family, I have decided that my office will seek the death penalty.”

Neveaux additionally was indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, two counts of resisting arrest by force or violence and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

Because this is a pending matter, there will be no further comment by this office.

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Marrero man convicted of molesting two girls gets 25-year sentence

A Marrero man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday (Oct. 12), for his conviction of sitting young girls on his lap in his home and touching them inappropriately.

Ricky Gros, 51, was convicted Sept. 14 of two counts of sexual battery of a juvenile under age 13 and of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Both victims were 7 years old when the abuse began in 2006. The abuse continued for approximately four years.

Gros, who was acquainted with both girls, touched them inappropriately in his James Drive home, according to evidence presented during the trial. One of the victims testified that Gros had them sit on his lap as he sat on his sofa, where he gave them bubble gum before putting his hand in their pants.

The victims disclosed the abuse more than one year after the last incident occurred in 2009. Upon learning of the allegations, the mother of one of the victims notified the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in October 2010.

In a letter she wrote to the court as impact testimony, that victim expressed the shame and harmful effects she endured as a result of Gros’ behavior.

Judge June Berry Darensburg of the 24th Judicial District Court, who presided over the trial, sentenced Gros to 10 years in prison for the first count of sexual battery, 25 years for the second sexual battery count and 10 years for the indecent behavior with a juvenile count. She ran the sentences concurrently.

Gros also faces a lifetime of sex offender registration after he completes his prison sentence.

Assistant District Attorneys Josh Vanderhooft and Blair Constant prosecuted the case.

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