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  • Woman pleads no contest in accident that killed 2 children

    March 25, 2015 2:44 PM

    GONZALES - A Prairieville woman who lost control of her car and hit and killed a brother and sister fishing alongside the highway has pleaded no contest to a careless operation charge. 48-year-old Shawnette B. Taylor entered the plea Wednesday before state District Judge Marilyn Lambert. She then sentenced Taylor... more »
  • Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty in Vegas sex assault case

    March 24, 2015 12:58 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to reduced felony attempted sex assault as part of a four-state plea deal that'll put him to federal prison for about nine years. Sharper appeared Tuesday by Internet hookup from a courtroom in Los Angeles before a... more »
  • Ex-NFL player Sharper to begin changing pleas in rape cases

    March 23, 2015 2:10 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Former NFL star Darren Sharper is set to appear in one court in person and another via video to enter pleas as he seeks to resolve rape and drugging allegations involving women in four different states. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Sharper on Monday morning... more »
  • Report: Sharper to plead guilty in rape case deal

    March 20, 2015 3:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Saints player Darren Sharper agreed to a plea deal that will cover wide-ranging rape and drug cases in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Arizona and Nevada, according to WWL-TV. The happened the same day Sharper was charged with rape in a case out of Las Vegas.... more »
  • Maker of kids' Tylenol pleads guilty over metal particles

    March 10, 2015 1:47 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge that it sold infants' and children's liquid medications that contained metal particles. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, acknowledged producing adulterated bottles of Infants' and Children's Tylenol and Children's Motrin. The company agreed... more »
  • Vikings' Peterson avoids jail in plea agreement

    November 4, 2014 2:21 PM

    CONROE, Texas- Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement in his child abuse case. A judge agreed to the plea deal during a hearing Tuesday in Conroe, 40 miles north of Houston. Peterson was indicted in September for using a wooden switch to... more »
  • Sentencing Dec. 12 in fatal shooting case

    October 11, 2014 11:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 16-year-old charged with fatally shooting a 10th-grade classmate in March has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Donte Veals entered the plea Friday during a pre-trial hearing. New Orleans police say 16-year-old Deion Robair was fatally shot March 19 at a house in the Desire neighborhood. Veals initially... more »
  • Ex-St. Tammany Parish coroner, Galvan, pleads

    September 25, 2014 1:46 PM

    COVINGTON - St. Tammany Parish's former coroner, Peter Galvan, has pleaded guilty to three counts of felony theft. The Louisiana Attorney General's Public Corruption Unit said Galvan entered the plea Thursday and was sentenced to four years in prison. Three years will be served at the same time as his... more »
  • Man withdraws guilty plea in poison-letters case

    May 13, 2014 2:12 PM

    ABERDEEN, Miss. - A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters laced with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials now wants to withdraw the plea. James Everett Dutschke pleaded guilty in January to sending the tainted letters to Obama as well as Republican... more »
  • Special meeting called to deal with chief's resignation Play Video

    April 17, 2014 2:59 PM

    BRUSLY- Town leaders will appoint an interim police chief next week after the current chief resigned then pleaded guilty to malfeasance charges today. Chief Jamie Whaley was arrested on malfeasance and theft charges back in January, and admitted to News 2 he'd spent more than a thousand dollars on... more »
  • Whaley pleads guilty to malfeasance

    April 17, 2014 11:09 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Indicted Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley pleaded guilty today to malfeasance charges, admitting he used a town gas card to fuel up his personal vehicle and boat. Whaley was arrested on malfeasance and theft charges back in January, and admitted to News 2 he'd spent more... more »
  • Woman who burned herself in hoax pleads guilty

    November 18, 2013 9:01 AM

    WINNSBORO- Sharmeka Moffitt, who set herself on fire and afterward claimed she was attacked by three men in white hoodies more than a year ago, pleaded guilty to one count of false swearing and one count of terrorizing in Winnsboro. Moffitt's attorney, Rob Kordish of Rayville, contacted District Attorney Mack... more »
  • Guilty plea: 32 years in LSU grad students' deaths

    October 29, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man who pleaded guilty in connection with the killings of two Louisiana State University graduate students has been sentenced to 32 ½ years in prison - the first 30 without parole. Devin Parker had testified against two men who were acquitted Oct. 7 in... more »
  • Former Halliburton manager pleads guilty

    October 15, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former manager for Halliburton pleaded guilty to destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill. Anthony Badalamenti's guilty plea in U.S District Court today comes with a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing will take place in January. Badalamenti... more »
  • Hernandez arraignment set after murder indictment

    September 6, 2013 10:04 AM

    FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez will be arraigned Friday on a first-degree murder charge following his indictment in the killing of a friend. A Massachusetts grand jury indicted Hernandez last month in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of... more »
  • Trevor Reese given life sentence in child's slaying

    August 22, 2013 4:31 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trevor Reese was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Reese had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2010 killing of 8-year-old Jackson Attuso. Attuso's throat was slashed on a recreational trail in West Feliciana Parish.... more »
  • LSU DB Jefferson enters misdemeanor plea

    August 19, 2013 3:26 PM

    GRETNA - Freshman LSU defensive back Rickey Jefferson has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and has been sentenced to two years' probation in connection with his arrest along a Mardi Gras parade route in Metairie last February. The 18-year-old Jefferson, whose older brother is former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, Monday... more »
  • NO businessman's bond revoked

    August 16, 2013 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has revoked bond of a New Orleans businessman awaiting sentencing for bribing a former Plaquemines Parish sheriff. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Wilkinson ruled Friday that Aaron Bennett violated terms of his bond when he gambled at a Mississippi casino in 2011 and racked up an... more »
  • Woman pleads no contest in pit bull attack

    August 13, 2013 12:00 PM

    AMITE - A Loranger woman has pleaded no contest to a charge of negligent injury after her pit bull mauled an 8-year-old girl in Hammond in 2012. The Daily Star reports 40-year-old Bridgette Harper entered her plea Monday. Harper will be sentenced by state District Judge Elizabeth Wolfe on Oct.... more »
  • Halliburton enters plea to BP spill-related charge

    July 31, 2013 2:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanor charge. Although company attorneys entered a... more »
  • La. explosives company officials plead not guilty

    July 31, 2013 12:32 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives have pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into the improper storage of millions of pounds of military propellant. The Webster Parish district attorney's office says they pleaded not guilty on Monday. A status conference is scheduled for... more »
  • Mother sentenced in daughter's drowning death

    July 19, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge mother has been placed on probation for four years after pleading guilty to negligent homicide in the bathtub drowning of her 11-month-old daughter. The Advocate reports state District Judge Louis R. Daniel on Friday sentenced 23-year-old LaShay R. Bradley to five years in jail... more »
  • Woman pleads not guilty in buttocks-injection case

    June 18, 2013 11:23 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi woman has pleaded not guilty to killing a woman by giving silicone injections as a buttocks enhancement. Tracey Lynn Garner entered the plea Tuesday in Hinds County Circuit Court. Judge Winston Kidd says he'll consider Garner's request to be released on bond. Kidd also extended... more »
  • Houma businessman pleads guilty to federal charges

    June 5, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The president and owner of Houma-based Cenac Towing has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Elections Commission in connection with illegal campaign contributions he made to Louisiana's two U.S. senators. Federal prosecutors in New Orleans charged 57-year-old Arlen "Benny" Cenac Jr., of Houma, last... more »
  • US soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre

    June 5, 2013 11:24 AM

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales entered the plea Wednesday in a military courtroom to multiple counts of premeditated murder and other... more »
  • Hearing for Holmes' insanity plea delayed

    May 30, 2013 3:16 PM

    DENVER - Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes' insanity plea has been postponed at least until Tuesday. Holmes was scheduled to appear in court Friday, but the judge delayed the hearing at the request of Holmes' lawyers. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 at a suburban... more »
  • Lawyers: Ohio kidnap suspect will plead not guilty

    May 15, 2013 9:50 AM

    CLEVELAND - The attorneys for a Cleveland man accused of keeping three women in captivity for about a decade say he will plead not guilty. Attorneys Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet say that suspect Ariel Castro has been portrayed as a "monster" in the media, and after meeting with him... more »
  • Colorado shootings suspect to enter insanity plea

    May 7, 2013 4:41 PM

    DENVER - Lawyers for the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a Colorado movie theater say he wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Attorneys for James Holmes said in a court filing Tuesday they plan to formally ask for the... more »
  • Bail set in Addis murder-for-hire case

    May 2, 2013 7:41 AM

    PORT ALLEN - A state district judge set bail at $500,000 during arraignment proceedings for a woman accused of the murder-for-hire killing of her husband in West Baton Rouge Parish. 43-year-old Monique Kitts entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder in the 2010 slaying... more »
  • 'Billy the Exterminator' drug charge: guilty plea

    May 1, 2013 4:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - William "Billy" Bretherton's attorney says the star of the A&E reality TV show "Billy the Exterminator" has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possessing synthetic marijuana. Allyn Stroud says Bretherton was put on probation for a year and prosecutors dropped charges against his wife. Billy and... more »
  • Ex-officer pleads not guilty to malfeasance

    April 5, 2013 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A former Baton Rouge police officer told a state judge he is innocent of felony charges that accuse him of falsifying misdemeanor summonses while he was on the force. Derek Burns has pleaded not guilty to first-degree injuring of public records and malfeasance. Both offenses carry up... more »
  • Holmes to hear if prosecutors will seek execution

    April 1, 2013 8:08 AM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - After a week of legal twists and turns, James Holmes will find out Monday if he could be executed if convicted in the Colorado theater attack that killed 12 people. Legal analysts say a plea deal is still possible in the Colorado theater shootings despite a rare... more »
  • Reese drops insanity defense, pleads guilty

    March 14, 2013 2:16 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trevor Reese, the teen accused of killing an 8-year-old boy almost three years ago, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges today after he dropped his insanity defense. Reese was scheduled to go to trial Monday on first-degree murder charges. A date for a sentencing hearing has... more »
  • Colo. judge enters not guilty plea for Holmes

    March 12, 2013 11:03 AM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The judge in the deadly Colorado shooting case has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes after his lawyer said he's not ready to enter a plea. The judge says Holmes can change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity later, if... more »
  • Man to plead guilty in identity theft case

    February 17, 2013 10:32 AM

    MONROE - A change of plea hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a man charged in Louisiana with trying use a fraudulent Social Security number to obtain a drivers license and identification documents. William Lyman Agnew is scheduled to charge his plea to guilty in U.S. District Court in Monroe. He... more »
  • Teen pleads guilty in January 2012 mall shooting

    February 7, 2013 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An 18-year-old from Baker has admitted his involvement in a January 2012 shooting outside the Mall of Louisiana that injured two teenage bystanders. Michael L. Burrell pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to two years... more »
  • Randy Travis to enter drunken-driving plea

    January 28, 2013 2:28 PM

    SHERMAN, Texas - A prosecutor says country music star Randy Travis is expected to enter a guilty plea in a drunken-driving case in North Texas. Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said Monday that details of the plea agreement will be released following Travis' court appearance Thursday in Sherman. Travis... more »
  • Army general expected to enter plea on sex charges

    January 22, 2013 5:24 AM

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - An Army general facing court-martial is set to enter his plea on a series of sexual misconduct charges. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday before a military judge at Fort Bragg, N.C. Sinclair will be formally informed of the charges and offered... more »
  • NO officer pleads not guilty to accepting bribes

    January 18, 2013 5:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 37-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department has pleaded not guilty to a felony count of public bribery. Officer John Ray, who has been with the department since 1975, is accused of accepting $600 in bribes from a tow-truck company between 2010 and 2011.... more »
  • Blast victims' relatives weigh in on BP plea deal

    January 16, 2013 10:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Relatives of workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion are sharing their stories with the judge who will decide whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for the 2010 disaster. Wednesday is the deadline... more »
  • Transocean spill settlement heads to court

    January 9, 2013 7:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Ltd. is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in New Orleans Wednesday for its plea agreement with the Justice Department over the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Transocean has agreed to pay $400 million in criminal... more »
  • 6th Miss. man pleads guilty in attacks on blacks

    January 3, 2013 12:47 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A sixth man has pleaded guilty in connection with racially motivated attacks by young whites against blacks in Jackson. Joseph Paul Dominick, 21, of Brandon pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit a hate crime. He faces up to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge Carlton... more »
  • Judge sets date to rule on BP plea deal over spill

    December 11, 2012 4:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says she will decide next month whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for its role in a deadly 2010 rig explosion and the massive oil spill it triggered in the Gulf... more »
  • 2 women plead guilty to SNAP fraud

    December 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' Fraud and Recovery Unit has led to two women pleading guilty to receiving nearly $30,000 in ineligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Officials say Katrina Howard of Winnsboro illegally obtained benefits from April 2008... more »
  • Businessman pleads guilty in bribery scheme

    December 5, 2012 12:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A businessman charged with plotting to bribe an unidentified former New Orleans public official has pleaded guilty. Rodney Williams entered the plea Wednesday to bribery conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court. Court papers don't name the city official, but his tenure matches former Mayor Ray Nagin's term... more »
  • 2 admit to over-fishing sharks in La.

    November 30, 2012 3:28 PM

    BELLE CHASSE - Two men have pleaded guilty to a Louisiana fishing violation after authorities said fins from hundreds of sharks were found aboard their vessel. Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 37-year-old Rick Nguyen of Buras and 29-year-old Hung Anh Tiet of Dallas pleaded guilty Thursday to concealing... more »
  • BP arraigned in oil spill case, pleads not guilty

    November 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawyer for BP PLC entered a not-guilty plea for the company as it was arraigned on charges stemming from a deadly 2010 rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The plea Tuesday in federal court was a procedural move paving the... more »
  • Judge sets meeting to discuss BP plea deal

    November 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rescheduled a closed-door meeting to discuss BP's agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from its deadly 2010 rig explosion and response to the massive Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance had planned to meet Thursday in her chambers with... more »
  • Guilty pleas entered in killing

    October 23, 2012 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two people entered guilty pleas today in Baton Rouge in connection with the killing of a man who was later found dumped in Livingston Parish a year ago. Jean Paul Creppel, 34, and Danielle Palermo, 26, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and armed robbery charges in the... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to 8 fishing, oyster violations

    October 17, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 25-year-old Houma man arrested for alleged oyster and boating violations has pleaded guilty to 18 earlier charges. Wildlife and Fisheries' Enforcement Division spokesman Adam Einck says Danny T. Billiot Jr. was sentenced to six months in jail and... more »
  • 3 suspects in St. John deputy shootings make plea

    August 24, 2012 2:22 PM

    EDGARD - Three of the suspects connected in the shooting of four St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputies have been arraigned in state court. The parish district attorney's office says Brian Smith, Kyle Joekel and Brittney Keith entered not guilty pleas Friday. Smith and Joekel are both charged... more »
  • Lavergne in Angola after pleading guilty to murders check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Brandon Scott Lavergne arrived at Angola state prison this afternoon, beginning his life sentence for murdering Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate. Lavergne pleaded guilty this morning to both murders in exchange for the life sentence. Prosecutors said inmates at the jail he had been booked into were... more »
  • Lavergne pleads guilty to murders, said Shunick stabbed him

    August 17, 2012 11:39 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Brandon Scott Lavergne pleaded guilty this morning to charges he murdered Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate, according to a Lafayette TV station. Lavergne pleaded guilty in exchange for life in prison, according to KATC-TV. They said he was also required by police to show them where he... more »
  • Broussard pleads 'not guilty' to bribery charges

    August 3, 2012 4:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard and former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson have pleaded not guilty in connection with new bribery charges filed last week. Broussard and Wilkinson appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy in an arraignment in New Orleans federal court that lasted about... more »
  • N.O. rapper gets prison in firearms case

    July 18, 2012 5:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans rapper who pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and conspiring to obstruct justice has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Christopher Dorsey, known as "BG," also was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan to three years of supervised release following... more »
  • Orleans official pleads guilty in Katrina fraud

    July 18, 2012 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans city councilman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal criminal charge of misusing federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina and diverting some of it to one of his political campaigns. Jon Johnson, who is 63, faces up to 5 years... more »
  • Former secretary pleads guilty to embezzling $1.9M

    June 25, 2012 12:34 PM

    AMITE - A former secretary and clek pleaded guilty today in Amite to embezzling nearly $1.9 million from a juvenile justice program. Brenda Bickford, 61, of Hammond pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges in district court. She admitted she took the money from the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice... more »
  • 2 plead no contest in Florida A&M hazing case

    May 17, 2012 3:18 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Two defendants have pleaded no contest to lesser charges of misdemeanor hazing in the beating of a fellow Florida A&M University band member. After their pleas in Tallahassee, Aaron Golson and Sean Hobson were sentenced Thursday to 30 days in a work camp followed by 12 months... more »
  • Not guilty plea entered for Jordan Jefferson

    February 9, 2012 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An attorney for former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson pleaded not guilty for his client to a simple battery charge. It stems from a bar fight near LSU that happened Aug. 19. Jefferson and another football player were arrested following the fight. Jefferson was originally... more »
  • Miss. woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty in EBR

    November 16, 2011 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman from Mississippi plead guilty to animal cruelty in a Baton Rouge court earlier today. Jean Norton could face up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine for the crime. Norton is the president of Choctaw Ridge Farms, an animal rescue operation in... more »
  • Daycare workers sentenced in child's death

    November 10, 2011 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge sentenced two daycare workers today after they pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for the death of a child in their care back in 2009. Kyandrea Thomas and Michelle Veals were both given a five-year suspended sentence with five years probation as part... more »
  • Sentencing delayed for man tied to LSU student deaths

    September 27, 2011 5:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sentencing was delayed today for a man who pleaded guilty to being party to the murder of two LSU graduate students in 2007. Devin Parker pleaded guilty to armed robbery and accessory to murder charges in the shooting deaths of two students from India, in exchange... more »
  • BR tax preparer sentenced for fraud

    September 15, 2011 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced a Baton Rouge tax preparer today after she pleaded guilty to filing for more than $120,000 in bogus tax refunds. U. S. District Court Judge Brian Jackson gave Melissa Edwards 30 months in prison and ordered her to pay more than $56,000 in... more »
  • Man tied to LSU student murders pleads guilty to lesser charges

    June 27, 2011 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Devin Parker pleaded guilty this morning to lesser charges in the 2007 shooting deaths of two LSU grad students from India. Parker pleaded guilty in district court today to charges of armed robbery and accessory to second-degree murder in the killing of 33-year-old Kiran Kumar Allam.... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in fatal I-10 crash

    June 7, 2011 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to alcohol-related vehicular homicide charges in a fiery Interstate 10 crash that killed five members of a Georgia family, including a 2-year-old, in 2009. A cousin of several of the victims told state District Judge Trudy White Monday that... more »
  • Former BRPD officer pleads no contest to bribery

    May 24, 2011 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A police officer in Baton Rouge has pleaded "no contest" to charges he took money from a local drug dealer, according to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office. Former BRPD Corporal Donald Bailey entered the plea to felony charges of public bribery and corrupt influencing. The... more »
  • 12 plead not guilty to Medicare fraud

    April 7, 2011 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Twelve people have pleaded innocent to charges involving Medicare fraud in Baton Rouge federal court. Their pleas were entered Wednesday shortly after prosecutors announced they planned to use evidence from a separate alleged $4.2 million fraud case against five of the defendants. Named defendants in... more »
  • Student appears in court on terror charge

    February 25, 2011 2:20 PM

    LUBBOCK, Texas - The lawyer for a college student accused of plotting to blow up key U.S. targets says his client will plead not guilty. In a statement, attorney Rod Hobson says in America, "everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence" and a "fair trial." Khalid Ali-M... more »
  • Teen pleads not guilty in Marque Ann murder

    February 10, 2011 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge teen pleaded “not guilty” this morning to shooting and killing a man on Marque Ann Drive this past fall. Charles McElveen, 17, was arraigned this morning after a grand jury indicted him Wednesday for second-degree murder in the murder of 22-year-old Christopher Guillory. Guillory... more »
  • Bandidos plead guilty to lesser charges in shooting

    February 9, 2011 4:59 PM

    GONZALES – Four members of the Bandido motorcycle gang pleaded guilty today to lesser changes in a shooting that took place last year outside an Ascension Parish bar. Joe Flores pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter and two counts of second-degree battery today, according to court documents. As part of his... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to daughter's death

    January 22, 2011 2:57 PM

    MINDEN, La.- A Webster Parish father has admitted causing the death of his 2-month-old daughter almost two years ago. James Brewer, 24, of Doyline, on Friday pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder in a plea arrangement reached with the district attorney's office. A Webster grand jury indicted him in... more »
  • Jan Waters receives 20-year sentence for manslaughter

    December 16, 2010 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A district judge today sentenced Jan Waters, who was convicted of killing her wealthy ex-husband, to twenty years in prison with credit for time served. Waters had pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the 2004 shooting death of Alan Waters, and the sentence was part of that... more »
  • Louisiana man pleads guilty in storm aid fraud

    December 3, 2010 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Ponchatoula man has pleaded guilty to defrauding the American Red Cross of more than $13,000 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Juan Owens pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans after being charged with one count of... more »
  • 2 plead not guilty in pizza delivery man's death

    November 16, 2010 7:35 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Two men have pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death of 51-year-old Timothy Falgout. Falgout, who was delivering pizza in Youngsville, was found dead next to his vehicle in front of a customer's home. Falgout's wallet was missing and officials have cited robbery as the motive. Aaron Orlando... more »
  • Guilty plea entered in La. trooper's shooting

    November 16, 2010 6:32 AM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to an attempted manslaughter charge in the 2007 shooting of a state trooper during a traffic stop in St. Martin Parish. Tyrone Mack was accused of shooting Trooper Frank Garcia in the hip with Garcia's gun after the trooper stopped... more »
  • Former assistant DA in Lafayette pleads guilty

    November 11, 2010 5:39 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A former Lafayette Parish assistant district attorney has pleaded guilty to not paying about $85,000 in taxes. Joseph Floyd Johnson was accused of not filing a federal income tax return in 2003 and hiding his income and assets. Johnson also did not file federal taxes for the years... more »
  • La. man pleads guilty in quadruple slaying case

    November 10, 2010 9:48 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - A 51-year-old man has pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, hours after a Calcasieu Parish grand jury indicted him on the charges. State District Judge Kent Savoie sentenced Lee Roy Williams on Tuesday to four consecutive life sentences, a term agreed to by prosecutors and... more »
  • Football coach pleads not guilty in fatal crash

    November 9, 2010 7:37 AM

    JENNINGS - Ville Plate High School head coach Roy Serie has pleaded innocent to charges stemming from a deadly head-on crash that killed his wife and another woman near Fenton in May. Officials said Serie was arrested in August after toxicology results indicated that he had illegal drugs in his... more »
  • Quebedeaux changes plea; says he's guilty as charged

    November 8, 2010 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man who originally pleaded not guilty to hitting and killing three people in a 2009 drunken driving accident has changed his mind. Derek Quebedeaux pleaded guilty Monday morning to all charges against him and said he takes responsibility for the crash. During the 20-minute hearing, Quebedeaux... more »
  • Man sentenced to 25 years in juvenile rape case

    November 8, 2010 3:17 PM

    LIVINGSTON – A man accused of raping a young relative in Livingston Parish pleaded guilty today to lesser charges. Anthony Lacassin pleaded guilty to charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13; he had originally been arrested in 2007 in suspicion of aggravated rape. Lacassin was... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in crash that killed police dog

    November 6, 2010 3:45 PM

    A 23-year-old man who admitted being under the influence of alcohol when he broadsided a Baton Rouge police patrol car in October 2009, seriously injuring Lt. Robert "Bobby Glaser Sr. and killing his police dog Philos, was put on probation for four years. After Jesse Farris was sentenced on... more »
  • La. officer pleads guilty to drug charges

    November 5, 2010 6:24 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - A Leesville police officer has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. Charlie Lopez was charged with distribution of hydrocodone and anabolic steroids and with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute. Lopez faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. more »
  • Former La. officer enters plea in malfeasance case

    November 4, 2010 6:24 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - A former Assumption Parish sheriff's evidence officer has pleaded not guilty to 337 charges of malfeasance for evidence tampering plus about 100 more criminal counts derived from drugs or weapons charges. Prosecutors accused Louis B. Lambert, who was in charge of the sheriff's evidence vault, of tampering with... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in La. police shooting

    November 3, 2010 8:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the shooting injury last November of a Baton Rouge police officer working a private security detail. John L. Butler was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by four years of active supervised probation, after Butler pleaded guilty to aggravated... more »
  • White Castle police chief, brother plead innocent

    November 3, 2010 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - White Castle Police Chief Mario Brown and his brother, former Mayor Maurice Brown, have pleaded innocent to federal charges that they used the influence of their offices in return for money and other things of value. Both had previously pleaded innocent, but prosecutors recently amended the indictment... more »
  • La. man pleads not guilty in infant son's death

    October 28, 2010 7:56 AM

    A 38-year-old West Monroe man has pleaded not guilty in the death of his infant son. James Edward "Juicy" Clampit is charged with one count of negligent homicide. Police say the 11-month-old boy's death was attributed to a head injury. According to court documents, Clampit and his wife, Crystal, got... more »
  • Woman pleads guilty to filing false tax return

    October 28, 2010 5:05 AM

    A Baton Rouge woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges that she conspired to file false claims for tax refunds. Levonne Stewart pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Stewart faces up to 32 years in prison and a $750,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux's office... more »
  • Man gets 90 years for $60 robbery

    October 26, 2010 4:23 AM

    A man who rejected a 25-year plea bargain has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for robbing a 77-year-old woman in the garage of her Metairie home. Luhron Gorman was convicted of armed robbery by a jury in Gretna earlier this month. He also was found guilty of being... more »
  • Jan Waters pleads guilty to manslaughter

    October 25, 2010 11:30 AM

    Six years after being accused of shooting her wealthy ex-husband Alan Waters after a dispute over money and the custody of their children, Jan Waters has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his death. Waters entered the plea this morning in downtown Baton Rouge before jury selection was to begin... more »
  • New Orleans man pleads to manslaughter in 4 deaths

    October 5, 2010 3:56 PM

    A plea deal has ended the case of a 2006 shooting rampage in a New Orleans neighborhood that left four people dead. Prosecutors on Tuesday said 23-year-old Raymond Amison has agreed to serve 10 years for the July 28, 2006 slayings of Kadeem and Kareem Stephens, both 16, their 21-year-old... more »
  • Two plead guilty in Baton Rouge-area medical fraud

    October 4, 2010 4:48 PM

    Two people have pleaded guilty in federal court to scheming money out of Medicare through prescriptions for unnecessary medical equipment. Federal prosecutors said medical doctor Dahlia Kirkpatrick and Emmanuel Komandu, owner of the Baker-based Alpha Medical Solutions, Inc., both pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit health... more »

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