October 7, 2014 3:01 PM
OPELIKA, AL - A jury has convicted a man of capital murder in the shooting deaths of two former Auburn University football players and a third man. Jurors began talks Tuesday morning and returned the verdict against Desmonte Leonard in the afternoon. He faces a possible death sentence. The 24-year-old... more »
September 26, 2014 6:17 AM
GONZALES - A 51-year-old Raceland man faces two mandatory life sentences after an Ascension Parish jury convicted him in the sexual abuse of two girls. Jurors found Edward Caldwell guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and one count of molestation of a juvenile after 40 minutes of deliberation on... more »
September 12, 2014 2:57 AM
PRETORIA, South Africa - The judge in the murder trial against Oscar Pistorius says the double-amputee athlete is guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that Pistorius was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She... more »
September 8, 2014 3:13 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has reported to a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, to begin serving a 10-year sentence. Nagin arrived at the facility shortly before noon Monday. New Orleans television stations showed images of Nagin hugging family members in a parking lot before he... more »
July 9, 2014 5:24 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges. Prosecutors said the actions for which he was convicted spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane... more »
July 8, 2014 6:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - The trial of David Leger can begin now that prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed on a six-person jury for the case.
Leger is accused of killing five people in a road rage fueled crash, but family members aren't happy one person already convicted is now free.... more »
June 28, 2014 12:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man has been convicted in the 2011 drug-related slaying of a woman and her boyfriend. 33-year-old Patrick James Ramirez will face a mandatory term of life in prison when state District Judge Mike Erwin sentences him July 17. Jaydee Wright said Friday his sister,... more »
June 17, 2014 6:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill investigation. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was... more »
June 12, 2014 6:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has thrown out the conviction of a former BP engineer who was convicted of deleting company text messages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, had been convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he deliberately deleted... more »
June 12, 2014 3:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Attorney's Office said a federal jury convicted a man behind a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme Thursday.
The jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty for Ahaoma Ohia, 60, on seven counts of wire fraud.
Prosecutors said Ohia defrauded Medicare of several million... more »
February 17, 2014 11:39 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has overturned the death sentence and murder conviction of a man for a killing during an armed robbery in Natchitoches Parish in 1993.
56-year-old Willard Allen's conviction was overturned by U.S. District Judge Dee Drell. The judge says that the state trial court... more »
October 29, 2013 8:57 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its refusal to overturn his felony obstruction conviction.
His legal team filed the request with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. A three-judge panel upheld Bonds' conviction in September, more than 2... more »
October 23, 2013 4:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- At least one city leader is raising a red flag about a candidate for an available seat on the board of directors of the bus system here.
William Johnson pleaded guilty to felony attempted theft and conspiracy to commit fraud related to donations to DARE programs in... more »
October 18, 2013 6:45 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is appealing a judge's decision to order a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
Prosecutors filed a notice of appeal late Thursday, asking the 5th... more »
September 25, 2013 9:08 AM
TULSA, Okla. - A teenager has been convicted of plotting to kill students and teachers in a mass shooting at a northeastern Oklahoma high school.
The Washington County jury on Tuesday found 19-year-old Sammie Chavez guilty of planning to cause bodily harm and recommended a 30-month prison term. The... more »
September 14, 2013 3:24 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky's challenge to his child molestation conviction is going before a state appeals court Tuesday. The former Penn State assistant football coach is seeking to overturn a sentence that could keep him behind bars for life. He's also asking for a new trial. Pennsylvania's Superior Court... more »
July 25, 2013 2:37 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. - The second juror to speak publicly about George Zimmerman's trial tells ABC News that she feels the neighborhood watch volunteer got away with murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. But she says there wasn't enough evidence to convict him under Florida law. Juror B29 told Robin Roberts... more »
July 9, 2013 10:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - The sentencing phase of Michael Louding's murder trial began today with testimony from witnesses for both prosecutors and the defense.
In April a jury convicted Louding of first-degree murder in the death of Terry Boyd back in October 2009. He still faces five other murder charges.... more »
June 11, 2013 3:04 PM
OPELOUSAS- A state district judge has ordered St. Landry Parish School Board member Quincy Richard (Ree-shard) to vacate his long-held seat. Judge James Doherty agreed with District Attorney Earl Taylor that Richard was ineligible to hold public office in 2006 when he was elected to the School Board. Richard pleaded... more »
June 4, 2013 9:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - A proposed bill making its way through the Capitol could mean lighter sentences for simple marijuana possession convictions.
Representative Austin Badon (D.) of New Orleans introduced HB 103. It passed the house but still needs two-thirds approval from the Senate.
"My bill only addresses the... more »
March 28, 2013 12:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - A 30-year-old man has been convicted in Baton Rouge federal court on a charge that he was a felon in illegal possession of a firearm in May 2009 when two police officers stopped him for a traffic violation. Lonnie Poydras, of Baton Rouge, became a convicted felon... more »
February 13, 2013 7:33 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds is asking a federal court to toss out his felony obstruction of conviction. His lawyers and federal prosecutors are scheduled to argue the issue Wednesday before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in San Francisco. A jury convicted Major League... more »
January 25, 2013 11:00 AM
ORLANDO, Fla.- A Florida appellate court has set aside two of the four convictions Casey Anthony faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing 2-year-old daughter. Judges on the 5th District Court of Appeals agreed with Anthony's attorneys Friday that two of the charges constituted double jeopardy,... more »
January 7, 2013 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- Prosecutors say three boys ranging from 11 to 15 years old were responsible for a week-long crime spree in September.
Jacobi Spears, 14, was found guilty this afternoon on charges including four counts of armed robbery. Zachariah Dorsey, 15, also pleaded guilty to numerous charges stemming from... more »
January 1, 2013 5:56 PM
ST. GABRIEL- Authorities said the woman who escaped overnight from a state prison in St. Gabriel was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter, and offered a reward for information leading to her capture.
St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said 33-year-old Keana Barnes climbed over a fence at the... more »
December 11, 2012 10:41 AM
WASHINGTON - A federal safety board is recommending that all states require ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders. The five-member National Transportation Safety Board said the devices are currently the best available solution to reducing drunk driving deaths, which account for about a third of the... more »
November 26, 2012 9:55 AM
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is leaving in place the corruption conviction of a former Louisiana congressman who hid money from bribes in his freezer.
The justices on Monday rejected without comment an appeal by former Rep. William Jefferson, who is serving a 13-year term in federal prison.
... more »
November 7, 2012 10:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - An appellate court has affirmed the manslaughter conviction and 40-year prison sentence for Greg Harris in the brutal stabbing death of his wife, lawyer Chiquita Tate, in her downtown Baton Rouge office. The Advocate reports a three-judge panel of the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, however,... more »
October 23, 2012 10:35 AM
CAMP HILL, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky is now a state prison inmate after his transfer from the Centre County jail.
A state prison system spokeswoman says the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach was transferred to the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill early Tuesday.
Camp Hill is... more »
September 13, 2012 5:55 PM
GONZALES- Jurors took about an hour to find a Carville man guilty of kidnapping, rape and murder for the 1990 killing of an Ascension Parish woman.
Tolbert Morris, 56, was accused of abducting 18-year-old Tammy Bowers and raping her before killing her.
The jury returned guilty verdicts for... more »
September 13, 2012 2:39 PM
GONZALES - Jurors found a Carville man guilty of kidnapping, rape and murder for the 1990 killing of an Ascension Parish woman.
Tolbert Morris, 56, was accused of abducting 18-year-old Tammy Bowers and raping her before killing her.
The jury returned guilty verdicts for the charges of second-degree... more »
April 16, 2012 3:06 PM
PORT ALLEN - Former Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith is now behind bars for his conviction on federal racketeering charges.
Smith reported to a federal prison in eastern Arkansas this afternoon around 2 p.m., according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
He was sentenced to seven and... more »
March 6, 2012 3:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - A judge ruled today former St. Gabriel mayor George Grace will stay in jail until his sentencing hearing for a federal racketeering conviction.
The judge made the decision during a detention hearing today. Prosecutors said Grace was a flight risk because he owned property in Uganda... more »
December 29, 2011 3:01 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the murder conviction and life imprisonment sentence of rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller for a teenager's 2002 shooting death. A three-judge panel from the state's 5th Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected Miller's argument that he didn't get a fair trial.... more »
December 19, 2011 4:56 AM
BATON ROUGE - A felony conviction for narcotics has cost a Clayton, La., bar owner her liquor license. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has revoked the state liquor permit issued to Frances Mae Williams, owner of Club 65. Williams recently received a narcotics-related felony conviction and no... more »
November 8, 2011 3:26 PM
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seems ready to overturn a Louisiana death row inmate's conviction because New Orleans prosecutors did not give defense lawyers statements that cast doubt on the murderer's identity.
Justices repeatedly pounded a lawyer from the New Orleans district attorney's office with questions Tuesday about why... more »
October 21, 2011 11:58 AM
NEW ORLEANS- A man was released from Angola State Penitentiary this morning after being cleared of a rape conviction that kept him behind bars for nearly 30 years. Henry James, now 50, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole on May 7, 1982.
JenDe O'Keefe Trigg, managing director... more »
August 11, 2011 11:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - Former White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown has learned he could be sentenced to a prison term ranging from 19 years to 24 years for his March conviction on federal racketeering and fraud charges.
The Advocate reports Brown's sentencing was postponed indefinitely Wednesday by U.S. District Judge... more »
July 7, 2011 10:51 AM
ORLANDO, Fla. - A court official says Casey Anthony is going to be released from jail next Wednesday following her conviction for lying to authorities who were investigating the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Anthony was sentenced to four years in jail earlier Thursday, but she is receiving... more »
July 5, 2011 12:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former Governor Edwin Edwards will be released tomorrow morning from his home confinement.
The director of the Ecumenical House confirmed to News 2 Edwards would sign the paperwork Wednesday morning that would end that portion of his sentence for a bribery and extortion conviction.
Edwards... more »
June 29, 2011 4:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- A former juror in the Sanchez Brumfield case is upset over the decision to "toss" out his death sentence.
Juror # 3 told News 2, "Sanchez Brumfield is guilty of murder and attempted murder. He never contributed to society and now society will have to pay over... more »
June 22, 2011 6:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - It took a jury just an hour-and-a-half to find former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson guilty of all seven counts of fraud, bribery and false statements.
Because Judge Ralph Tyson told defense attorney Page Pate he could not argue that Nelson was entrapped, Pate pleaded with... more »
April 5, 2011 5:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - A juvenile court judge has convicted a 13-year-old boy of attempted murder in a shooting this past February.
According to investigators the teen said "It's murder season" before he started shooting at a man outside a gas station in the Glen Oaks area Feb. 20. No... more »
November 30, 2010 4:41 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death penalty for Anthony Bell, who killed four of his in-laws and his wife after bursting into a Baton Rouge church in 2006. Bell was convicted in 2008 of five counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted first-degree... more »
November 24, 2010 5:11 PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay - once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress - was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay... more »
November 18, 2010 2:11 PM
OPELIKA, Ala. - A former Army soldier who claimed to be mentally disturbed from his tour in Iraq has been convicted of capital murder in the abduction and shooting death of an Auburn University student from Georgia. Twenty-six-year-old Courtney Lockhart was convicted Thursday in the killing of 18-year-old freshman Lauren... more »
November 13, 2010 10:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former Slidell man's drug and weapons convictions have been reinstated by the Louisiana Supreme Court, and according to the man's attorney, that's just the way the man wants it. Twenty-nine-year old Terrence R. Scott has already served his sentence on his May 2008 conviction on charges... more »
November 5, 2010 2:44 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Three years after the murder of her son, Trudy Fourmy said the conviction of Denako Duheart in a different case is bittersweet for her. Fourmy's son, Jason, was found dead on Halloween 2007. Duheart, his brother and another man were charged in the murder but the case was... more »
October 7, 2010 7:57 AM
The murder and armed-robbery convictions of a Lake Charles man in a Ragley slaying have been affirmed by an appeals court. According to Thursday's American Press, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the convictions of James E. Ramsdell in the October 2007 slaying of John "Jack" Mayeaux. Authorities said... more »
October 6, 2010 11:04 AM
Former New Orleans radio and television personality Vince Marinello's murder conviction in the 2006 shooting death of his wife has been upheld by a state appeals court. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles released the decision Wednesday morning. The 73-year-old Marinello was convicted in 2008 of second-degree... more »
September 28, 2010 5:55 AM
The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended the law license of former state Sen. Charles Jones after last month's conviction on federal income tax evasion charges. The Supreme Court granted a request by the state Attorney Disciplinary Board to suspend Jones' license in the interim following his conviction on two counts... more »
September 25, 2010 11:44 AM
A man who spent six years on Louisiana's death row for killing a drug-dealing rival and his girlfriend has been convicted of lesser charges. A jury found Edwin Irving Harris guilty of manslaughter and negligent homicide in the deaths of Tamyra Frazier and Mister Gordon, both 19 and from Harvey.... more »
September 24, 2010 4:19 PM
A 44-year-old New Orleans man, who was decked out in a dress and wig when he robbed two fast-food restaurants, has been sentenced to 247 years in prison. State District Judge Julian Parker on Thursday sentenced Darryl Robinson under the state's habitual offender statute. He received 49 years on an... more »
August 21, 2010 2:49 PM
A Lake Charles man who hid a loaded gun under a sofa cushion - leading to the accidental shooting of a child - has been convicted on charges of negligent injuring and possession of a stolen firearm. Latheris D. Thomas, 26, on Friday was given a suspended jail term, probation... more »
August 21, 2010 2:05 PM
A Monroe man has been convicted in the beating and stabbing death of another man in 2008. The News-Star reports that a jury in Monroe convicted Lavern "Pee Wee" Hampton of second-degree murder on Friday. The crime carries a mandatory life sentence. The victim was 58-year-old Otis King, who was... more »
July 22, 2010 6:05 AM
A northeastern Louisiana farm owner faces up to 35 years in prison following his conviction of bilking a federal agency out of more than $477,000 in disaster benefits and loans. Daniel Estes Crook, a Mer Rouge doctor who farms in Franklin and Catahoula parishes, was found guilty by a Monroe... more »
June 23, 2010 10:07 AM
A state appeals court has reinstated a 27-year-old murder conviction of a Vietnam War Veteran accused of kidnapping and shooting a couple in 1979.
The couple picked up Nolan James, Jr. on Interstate 10. He then held them at gunpoint and shot them. The woman later died and the... more »
June 10, 2010 9:29 AM
The conviction of a Springhill man serving a life sentence plus 25 years for raping and molesting two young family members has been reversed. The appeals court agreed with Donny D. Carper's complaint about the prosecution's failure to allow him to confront his accusers face-to-face. He also contended trial judge... more »
March 25, 2010 5:56 AM
A federal appeals court has upheld a New Orleans psychiatrist's Medicare fraud convictions. Maria Carmen Palazzo claims jurors heard insufficient evidence to support her convictions for defrauding the Medicare program by billing for services she didn't provide. But a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected... more »
March 16, 2010 7:06 AM
A Thibodaux man serving a 40-year sentence for manslaughter will appear in district court later this month to request an appeal, claiming his attorney inadequately represented him. Steven Butler pleaded guilty more than two years ago to a lessened charge of manslaughter in the stabbing death of Peter Andras Jr.... more »
March 12, 2010 7:08 AM
A judge has ruled that a man charged with the 1992 killing of a Thibodaux priest cannot receive prison time if convicted. Derrick Odomes, of Houma, is accused of first-degree murder in the killing of the Rev. Hunter Horgan when he was 14. A State District Judge says Odomes can't... more »
March 11, 2010 8:12 AM
Jeffery Lee Guillory is asking for a new trial following his conviction on charges of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree robbery. Guillory was convicted Friday in the December 2007 attack on a Lafayette woman. He has been in jail since his January 2008 arrest in Baton Rouge on warrants out... more »
March 9, 2010 9:08 AM
A state appeal court has upheld the sentence of a former youth minister sentenced to 24 years for molesting teens and three years for violating probation. Jeremy Michael Little pleaded guilty after his arrest in January 2009 to three counts of sexual battery. The 2nd Circuit found that the sentence... more »
February 25, 2010 7:57 AM
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has denied arguments that 16 years in jail is excessive for a man convicted of purse snatching. According to the appeals court decision, Milton Anthony Wilks had 11 prior felony convictions. On March 22, 2003, Wilks allegedly stole the wallet of a shopper in... more »
February 19, 2010 11:02 AM
A man convicted of murder almost 30 years ago claims newly uncovered evidence proves he was wrongfully convicted of the crime. John Floyd has been in prison for nearly three decades for stabbing and killing a New Orleans newspaper employee.
State District Judge Benedict Willard is expected to hear... more »
February 11, 2010 6:37 AM
A state judge has sentenced a 46-year-old man to two consecutive life sentences for his conviction on two counts of aggravated rape last year. Prosecutors say an Assumption Parish jury found Alcide Boudoin guilty on Nov. 12 in the rape and molestation of an 11-year-old girl over a period of... more »