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  • Metairie man convicted of domestic abuse by strangulation

    A Jefferson Parish jury has found Jose Sagastume guilty of strangling his wife during an argument in their Metairie home. Sagastume, 34, was convicted as charged of domestic abuse by strangulation for the Sept. 15, 2019, incident. According to evidence presented at trial, Sagastume returned home from a night out drinking and accused his wife …
  • Jury rejects self-defense claim, convicts man of Metairie barroom killing

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday (Nov. 10) found Maurice “Marlo” Leach guilty of manslaughter for fatally shooting Michael Shawn Brown in a Metairie lounge. Leach, 35, also was found guilty of obstruction of justice, for removing and discarding the pistol he used to kill Brown about 4 a.m., on May 25, 2019, inside the …
  • Kenner man faces life in prison for 2018 murder

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday night (Oct. 21) found Lanard Lavigne guilty as charged of the second-degree murder of Kerwin Conner in their Kenner neighborhood. Lavigne, 25, also was convicted as charged of aggravated criminal damage to property, for the damage his 9mm bullets caused to occupied apartments as he chased Conner during the …
  • Kenner man convicted of raping a child

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday evening (June 3) found Tobe Lawrence Jr. guilty as charged of raping a child during a 7-year period.  Lawrence, 59, of Kenner, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for his conviction of first-degree rape of a victim under the age of 12. The abuse, which occurred between …
  • Westwego man convicted of sexually assaulting two women as Jefferson Parish jury trials resume

    A Jefferson Parish jury, the first one empaneled in the 24th Judicial District since the Louisiana Supreme Court lifted its year-long moratorium on jury trials last month, convicted a Westwego man Wednesday (April 21) of sexually assaulting two women. John W. Patton, 56, is guilty as charged of the attempted forcible rape of one victim, …