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  • John Blair McMillan convicted of fatally beating his brother in Marrero

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday night (Dec. 1) convicted John “Blair” McMillan IV of attacking and striking his brother in their Marrero home, causing a brain injury that led to his death. McMillan, 57, is guilty as charged of manslaughter for causing the death of Kenneth McMillan, 63. The brothers, who lived together in …
  • Westwego man sentenced to 25 years for possessing child pornography

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (Dec. 1) sentenced Jagon Eldridge to 25 years in prison for his conviction of possessing child pornography. Eldridge, 49, formerly of Westwego, was convicted as charged by a Jefferson Parish jury on Nov. 9 of eight counts of possessing pornographic images involving children under age 13. In February 2017, …
  • Corey Ivey convicted of killing ex-wife’s fiancé in Metairie

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday evening (Nov. 30) found Corey Ivey guilty of killing the Metairie man who was engaged to his ex-wife. Ivey, 46, of New Orleans, was convicted as charged of the second-degree murder of Keith Ellis, 51, who was shot multiple times as he stood in the doorway of his apartment …
  • After fatally punching parish jail inmate, Press Shorter gets 70-year sentence

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Nov. 14) sentenced Press Shorter III to 70 years in prison in finding he is a two-time felon under Louisiana’s habitual offender law. Shorter’s most recent was conviction was for manslaughter. Shorter, 30, of Harvey, caused the death of Brian Alexander while they were Jefferson Parish Correctional Center inmates. …
  • Westwego man convicted of possessing pornographic images of children

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday night (Nov. 9) convicted Jagon Eldridge of possession of child pornography. Eldridge, 49, formerly of Westwego, is guilty as charged of eight counts of possessing pornographic images involving children under age 13. Eldridge was arrested in May 2018, by Special agents with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime …
  • Kenner teen sentenced to life with parole eligibility for kidnapping elderly couple

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (Nov. 9) sentenced Alexsy Mejia to life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years for his conviction of kidnapping an elderly couple from their Metairie home. Mejia, 18, of Kenner, also was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his conviction of aggravated burglary, a crime that preceded …
  • Kenner teen convicted of kidnapping elderly Metairie couple

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 26) found Alexsy Mejia guilty of entering an elderly Metairie couple’s home to rob them and then forcing them to drive to a Kenner bank to withdraw money. Mejia, of Kenner, who was 16 years old when he committed the crimes, was convicted as charged of two …
  • Convicted of shooting bar owner in back 4 times, Jonathon Brown sentenced to 70 years as triple-offender

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Friday (Oct. 21) sentenced Jonathon Brown to 70 years in prison, finding that he is career criminal under Louisiana’s habitual offender law. Brown, 31, of New Orleans, was most recently convicted of shooting a Marrero bar and grill owner four times in the back, leaving him paralyzed, following a fight …
  • Jalen Harvey gets life sentence for killing Joseph Vindel

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (Oct. 6) sentenced Jalen Harvey to a mandatory life sentence in prison for killing Joseph Vindel, a New Orleans man who was fatally shot while trying to sell his dirt bike through an online marketplace app. Harvey 22, of Harvey, was convicted as charged of first-degree murder for killing …
  • Wendell Lachney pleads guilty to killing 9-year-old girl in drunk driving crash

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Tuesday (Sept. 20) sentenced Wendell Lachney to 30 years in prison, after the defendant admitted that he was highly intoxicated when he crashed his car into a minivan at high speed on a West Bank highway, causing the death of a 9-year-old girl and injuring her mother. Lachney, 58, of …
  • Maurice Ervin sentenced to 55 years for Harahan carjacking conviction

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Sept. 19) sentenced Maurice Ervin to 55 years in prison for his conviction of carjacking a couple in East Jefferson. Ervin, 16, who was prosecuted as an adult, was convicted as charged last week of two counts of armed robbery with a firearm in connection with the Feb. 12 …
  • Jalen Harvey guilty in Joseph Vindel’s marketplace app murder

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday night (Sept. 1) deliberated 45 minutes in finding Jalen Harvey guilty of killing Joseph Vindel, a New Orleans man who was trying to sell his dirt bike through an online marketplace app last year when he was shot. Harvey, 22, of Harvey, is guilty as charged of the first-degree …
  • Steven Tate, 2nd man convicted in Gretna murder, sentenced to life in prison

    A Jefferson Parish judge has sentenced Steven Tate to life in prison for his conviction in the shooting death of Ethan Allen, a Marrero man who was killed during a robbery attempt in Gretna. Tate, 25, of Metairie, was convicted by a unanimous jury on Aug. 10 of second-degree murder. The jury acquitted Tate of …
  • Corey Woods convicted anew in Bunche Village triple-murder

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Friday (Aug. 19) convicted Corey Woods of killing three people, including the 16-year-old younger sister of his intended victim, while they sat inside a car in East Jefferson’s Bunche Village neighborhood. Woods, 37, of Metairie, who is known as “Cocomo,” is guilty as charged of three counts of second-degree murder …
  • Sherneskie Bell guilty of possessing child pornography

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday (July 13) found Sherneskie Bell guilty as charged of possession of pornography involving juveniles under age 13. Bell, 62, of Kenner, downloaded about 2,700 images, videos and GIFs to his mobile phone over a period of months in 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office …
  • Rondell Lasalle sentenced to 35 years for Harvey manslaughter conviction

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (June 30) sentenced Rondell Lasalle to 35 years in prison for his conviction of shooting a man in the back during a fight in a Harvey apartment. Lasalle, 30, of Marrero, was convicted by a jury on April 6 of manslaughter in the death of James Cole, 27. Lasalle …
  • Lawrence Sly convicted of murdering his neighbor in Woodmere

        A Jefferson Parish jury Friday evening (June 17) found Lawrence Sly guilty as charged of second-degree murder for killing his neighbor, a crime that was the culmination of years of disputes between the two men. Sly, now 70, shot Webber, 57, six times outside their homes in the 3800 block of Chinkapin Street, …
  • Abraham Aguilar convicted of sexual battery of a juvenile

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday night (June 15) found Abraham Aguilar guilty as charged of sexual battery of a juvenile under age 13. Aguilar, 40, of Marrero, committed the crime between Jan. 1, 2020 and Aug. 18, 2020, when the victim was 11 years old. In addition to the felony offense, Aguilar was convicted …
  • Justin ‘Jeeky’ Hutchinson guilty of murdering New Orleans man at Marrero bar & grill

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday night (May 26) found Justin A. “Jeeky” Hutchinson guilty as charged of second-degree murder for shooting a New Orleans man repeatedly outside a Marrero bar and grill. Using his 9mm semiautomatic pistol, Hutchinson, 32, of Marrero, shot Rashad Lewis once in the head, five times in his left abdomen …
  • Hoang M. Le convicted of sexual battery of a juvenile

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Tuesday night (May 24) convicted Hoang M. Le of sexually molesting a child over an 11-year period. Le, 32, of Harvey, is guilty as charged of sexual battery of a juvenile under age 13 and sexual battery. Both counts involve the same victim, who was 6 years old when the …
  • Everette Campbell pleads guilty to role in Marrero homicide, gets 35-year sentence

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Tuesday (May 24) sentenced Everette Campbell to 35 years in prison for his role in an attempted robbery during which his codefendant shot four people, killing two of them. Campbell, 26, of Terrytown, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and one count of obstruction of justice. The codefendant, Malik McGinnis, …
  • Tyronne Louis gets 50-year sentence for shooting JPSO deputy during domestic dispute

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (May 12) sentenced Tyronne Louis to 50 years in prison, after the defendant pleaded guilty as charged to the attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. Louis, 42, of New Orleans, also pleaded guilty as charged to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree kidnapping and …
  • Torus ‘T-Man’ Wallace guilty of Metairie killing over $35 drug debt

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Tuesday night (May 10) found Torus “T-Man” Wallace guilty of manslaughter for killing a Metairie man struggling with substance abuse over a $35 drug debt. Wallace, 24, of Metairie, killed Rene Rachel, 32, as he sat in his vehicle in the 500 block of North Elm Street, waiting for an …
  • Convicted of fatally beating his girlfriend, Pedro Monterroso sentenced to life in prison

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (May 4) sentenced Pedro Monterroso to spend the rest of his life in prison for his conviction of beating his girlfriend to death as five of his children lay in a bed just feet away. Monterroso, 51, received the mandatory sentence for his conviction of the second-degree murder of …
  • Antonio Key guilty of planning, participating in Metairie aggravated burglary

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday night (April 27) found Antonio Key guilty of planning and participating in an aggravated burglary of a Metairie home in which a 67-year-old woman was severely beaten. Key, 25, of Harvey, was convicted as charged of aggravated burglary with a firearm enhancement for his role in the April 30, …
  • DA Paul D. Connick Jr., pledges to seek justice for crime victims

     
  • Terrance Leonard pleads guilty, gets 4 life sentences in Terrytown murders

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (April 21) sentenced Terrance Leonard to four consecutive life sentences in prison for beating his girlfriend and three children to death with a hammer in their Terrytown apartment. Leonard, 36, pleaded guilty as charged to four counts of first-degree murder in the March 6, 2019, deaths of Kristina Riley, …
  • Jury finds Arizona man guilty of negligent homicide in chokehold death

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Friday (April 8) sentenced Vincent Medearis to five years in prison for his conviction of killing his inebriated coworker with a lethal chokehold in a Kenner hotel room two years ago. The Friday morning sentencing hearing came about 18 hours after a jury found Medearis guilty of negligent homicide in …
  • Jefferson Parish jury: Pedro Monterroso murdered girlfriend, left young sons with her body

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday (March 24) deliberated just over 20 minutes in convicting Pedro Monterroso of beating his girlfriend to death in their Metairie apartment while five of his children lay in a bed just feet away. Monterroso, 51, is guilty as charged of the second-degree murder of Heidy Monroy, 24. The crime …
  • Long Nguyen convicted in marijuana conspiracy, distribution case

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Tuesday (March 15) deliberated about 20 minutes in finding Long Nguyen guilty of conspiring to have large amounts of marijuana shipped from California for local distribution. Nguyen, 45, was convicted as charged of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana (greater than 2.5 lbs.), money laundering ($20,000 – $99,000) …
  • For killing his girlfriend, Christopher Davis sentenced to life in prison

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (March 14) sentenced Christopher Davis to spend the rest of his life in prison for his conviction of shooting his girlfriend in the back of her head as she walked away from an argument. Davis, 40, who has a history of domestic violence, was convicted last week of the …
  • Dalton Breaux III guilty in Marrero rape

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday evening (March 10) found Dalton Breaux III guilty of breaking into a woman’s Marrero home and raping her. Breaux, 40, of Marrero, was convicted of third-degree rape and of attempted unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling for the June 25, 2019, crime. Breaux and the 27-year-old victim knew each …
  • Christopher Davis convicted of murdering his girlfriend in Terrytown

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday (March 10) found Christopher Davis guilty of shooting his girlfriend in the back of her head as she walked away from an argument. Davis, 30, was convicted as charged of the second-degree murder of Lashonda Sands, 34. A dating couple for about two years, Sands and Davis got into …
  • Jacob Robinson guilty of Harvey armed robberies, aggravated battery

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday (Feb. 16) found Jacob Robinson of Harvey guilty of robbing a family at gunpoint in their home and shooting a victim in the head during a struggle for the pistol. He was arrested after the victims turned on him and knocked him to the ground with a brick. Robinson, …
  • Terrell Nix guilty of killing autistic, intellectually disabled man

    A Jefferson Parish jury on Thursday night (Feb. 10) found Terrell Nix guilty in the death of an autistic, intellectually disabled man with limited communication skills whose disabilities left him completely dependent on the care of others. Nix, 36, of Gretna, was convicted as charged of the second-degree murder of Rohn Brinker, 46, who died …
  • Metairie man sentenced to 35 years in barroom manslaughter

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (Feb. 10) sentenced Maurice “Marlo” Leach to 35 years in prison for his conviction of killing Michael Shawn Brown in a Metairie lounge. Leach, 36, was convicted by a jury on Nov. 10 of manslaughter for the May 25, 2019, shooting inside the lounge in the 4500 block of …
  • Raymond Kimble gets 68-year sentence in Metairie crime spree

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Monday (Feb. 7) sentenced Raymond H. Kimble III to 68 years in prison for his convictions of breaking into eight Metairie homes, stealing an automobile from one of those homes and of fleeing deputies at high speeds through Old Metairie in the Spring of 2016. Kimble, 36, of River Ridge, …
  • Convicted of role in Metairie robbery murder, Calvin King sentenced to life in prison

    A Jefferson Parish judge on Wednesday (Dec. 15) sentenced Calvin King to a mandatory life sentence in prison for his conviction of the second-degree murder of Javier Sanchez. Sanchez, 26, was forcibly removed from his Metairie apartment during an armed robbery on the night of Nov. 2, 2007. He was later shot dead. Judge E. …
  • 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, …
  • District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr. discusses National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2021

    District Attorney Paul D. Connick Jr., discusses his office’s commitment to supporting victims of crime during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2021.  
  • 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 …