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  • 1 convicted, 1 charged in ongoing federal check fraud case

    May 30, 2015 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal prosecutor in Baton Rouge says one man has been convicted and another indicted in a $4 million fraud scheme involving U.S. Treasury checks. In a Friday news release, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said the scheme took place in 2012 and 2013. Green said 26-year-old Albelk... more »
  • Experts: Convictions will be tough to win in Baltimore case

    May 2, 2015 11:58 PM

    BALTIMORE - Baltimore's top prosecutor acted swiftly in charging six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a grave spinal injury as he was arrested and put into a police transport van, handcuffed and without a seat belt. But getting a jury to convict police officers of murder... more »
  • Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted

    March 25, 2015 2:48 PM

    FORT BRAGG, NC - The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban could face up to life in prison if convicted of both the charges he's facing. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was charged with misbehavior before the enemy, which carries a maximum sentence... more »
  • Pistorius lawyers fail in attempt to stop appeal

    March 13, 2015 4:18 AM

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have failed in their attempt to stop prosecutors from appealing the double-amputee athlete's negligent killing conviction. Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday dismissed an application by Pistorius' lawyers to challenge the appeal by prosecutors, who want Pistorius convicted of the more serious charge of... more »
  • Driver convicted in hit-and-run death of first grader

    February 28, 2015 4:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The hit-and-run driver responsible for the death of a first-grader last February will spend 10 to 40 years in prison, after being convicted of manslaughter. Arthur Toledano was found guilty Friday in the death of 6-year-old Shaud Wilson, who was struck by Toledano's speeding vehicle while walking... more »
  • Suspect, 26, convicted in 2010 triple slaying

    November 9, 2014 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 26-year-old man is facing a lifetime in prison after being convicted in a triple murder in New Orleans. An Orleans Parish jury on Saturday convicted Charles "Tiger" Franklin of three counts of first-degree murder. The killings happened in 2010 in New Orleans' St. Roch neighborhood. Franklin... more »
  • Murder conviction in killings of ex-Auburn players

    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 »
  • Man faces life sentence in rape convictions

    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 »
  • Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, negligent killing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Ex-New Orleans mayor reports to federal prison Play Video

    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 »
  • 10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Jury set, opening statements expected today in Leger trial check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Man convicted of killing 2; bodies found in trunk

    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 »
  • Feds want time to decide on retrial for BP

    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 »
  • New trial ordered for ex-BP engineer

    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 »
  • Man convicted of multi-million dollar Medicare fraud

    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 »
  • Judge overturns man's death sentence

    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 »
  • Bonds asks for rehearing

    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 »
  • CATS board candidate has criminal conviction

    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 »
  • Feds challenge new trial in Katrina shootings

    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 »
  • Oklahoma teen found guilty in school shooting plot

    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 »
  • Sandusky's bid for new trial going to court in Pa.

    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 »
  • Juror says she owes Martin's parents apology

    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 »
  • Sentencing hearing underway for Louding

    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 »
  • 2004 conviction costs St. Landry school board member seat

    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 »
  • Proposed bill would lessen jail time for simple marijuana possession check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Baton Rouge man convicted for having gun as felon

    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 »
  • Barry Bonds seeks dismissal of felony conviction

    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 »
  • Court sets aside 2 of Casey Anthony's convictions

    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 »
  • Juveniles convicted after EBR crime spree check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Woman who escaped prison has run before check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • NTSB: Require ignition locks for all drunk drivers

    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 »
  • High court rejects appeal of ex-La. congressman

    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 »
  • Count upholds manslaughter conviction

    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 »
  • Sandusky moved from county jail to state prison

    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 »
  • Tolbert Morris found guilty of 1990 rape, murder check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Jury finds Morris guilty of 1990 rape, murder

    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 »
  • Fred Smith reports to federal prison in Ark.

    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 »
  • Grace to stay in jail until sentencing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Rapper's murder conviction, sentence upheld

    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 »
  • Bar owner loses license over drug conviction

    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 »
  • Court seems ready to overturn La. conviction

    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 »
  • Man released from prison after wrongly jailed for 30 years

    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 »
  • Ex-White Castle mayor's sentencing postponed

    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 »
  • Casey Anthony to be free next Wednesday

    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 »
  • Edwards to be released from halfway house Wednesday

    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 »
  • Former juror upset over decision to "toss" death sentence

    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 »
  • Nelson found guilty on all seven counts

    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 »
  • "Murder season" teen convicted in juvenile court

    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 »

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