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  • Smothers' murderer given life in prison instead of death penalty Play Video

    July 20, 2016 7:34 PM

    Baton Rouge - The legal maneuvering of the past 23 years has ended as 19th District Judge Richard Anderson complied with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling and re-sentenced convicted murderer Kevan Brumfield to life at Angola Prison. Brumfield was found guilty by a jury in 1995 for his part... more »
  • Woman sentenced to 16 years in sex trafficking case

    June 30, 2016 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – U.S. Attorneys say a Baton Rouge woman was sentenced to 16 years in prison for trafficking a minor for sex. Last year, a federal grand jury indicted 37-year-old Kellie M. Dominique with sex trafficking of a minor, attempted sex trafficking of a minor, obstruction of justice... more »
  • US Supreme Court declines to hear 'Angola 5' appeal

    June 21, 2016 11:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of David Brown, the "Angola 5" member who was sentenced to death for the killing of a prison guard during a 1999 escape attempt. A state judge overturned the death sentence, but it was reinstated in February... more »
  • Woman pleads guilty to stripper's death, dismemberment

    June 20, 2016 11:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 32-year-old woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the stabbing death of a Bourbon Street dancer whose dismembered body washed up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Margaret Sanchez, of Metairie, entered a guilty plea Monday, one year and one day after her ex-boyfriend,... more »
  • Man sentenced to 45 years in prison for car wash burglaries

    June 16, 2016 6:40 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – A man responsible for several Ascension Parish car wash burglaries last year was sentenced today to 45 years in prison, according to the District Attorney's office. Hubert Bourgeois, 53, was sentenced after several similar burglaries of car washes in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes last year.... more »
  • Family: Shooting victim recently had sentence commuted by President Obama

    June 5, 2016 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family of a man who recently had his sentence commuted by the president have confirmed to News 2 that he is the surviving victim of a shooting on North Foster Drive in Baton Rouge Saturday. Boo Milton's father told The Investigative Unit his son was shot... more »
  • Feds: Opelousas hacker sentenced to 1 year in prison

    May 26, 2016 11:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Federal prosecutors say a 29-year-old Opelousas computer hacker has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing money, hacking computers and trying to sell information on a hacking forum. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Rory Stephen Guidry was sentenced on... more »
  • GOP governors ask FCC to address illegal prison cellphones

    May 24, 2016 10:19 AM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is among 10 Republican governors urging the Federal Communications Commission to give states more autonomy in combatting cellphone use by inmates who have them illegally in prison. Haley on Monday wrote to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler encouraging him to give states... more »
  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning

    May 20, 2016 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. If not, a federal judge may insist on air conditioning for inmates awaiting execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. U.S. District... more »
  • Livingston man sentenced to 12 years for juvenile sex offenses

    May 20, 2016 12:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish District Attorney says a Livingston man will serve 12 years in prison without parole for a range of juvenile sex offenses. 35-year-old Tony Willbanks, of Livingston, was charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile, video voyeurism, two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and... more »
  • Louisiana officials shelve plans to open new juvenile prison

    May 10, 2016 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to open a new juvenile prison in Avoyelles Parish have been put on hold amid a state budget crisis that is expected to squeeze the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. State officials are closing dormitories at juvenile detention centers in Jefferson Parish and Monroe ahead... more »
  • 4-year sentence for man in diet pill scam

    May 6, 2016 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors say a Florida man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for illegally selling diet pills that were mislabeled as "all natural" diet supplements. A news release from U.S. Attorney Walt Green in Baton Rouge says 52-year-old John Wesley Hoag of... more »
  • Lawmakers halt reworked wrongful conviction payout bill

    May 4, 2016 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House committee halted a Shreveport lawmaker's bid to relax the legal definition under which a person wrongfully convicted of murder in Louisiana could receive state compensation. The panel struggled with the proposal to rework the definition of "factual innocence" in current compensation law. Those against... more »
  • House rejects bill to ease voting restrictions for felons

    April 28, 2016 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have refused to give felons the right to vote as soon as they exit prison. Rep. Pat Smith, a Baton Rouge Democrat, proposed to let convicted felons register to vote while they are on parole, probation or suspended sentences - but out... more »
  • Judge asked to reconsider 50 year sentence on heroin charge

    April 28, 2016 9:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 32-year-old Baker man is asking a Baton Rouge state judge to reconsider the 50-year prison term he dealt him last month for attempting to sell heroin. Kedric J. Williams must serve the maximum term for possession with intent to distribute heroin without benefit of parole. District... more »
  • Re-entry bills part of bipartisan push for prison overhaul

    April 1, 2016 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State legislators and advocates are spearheading a bipartisan push to lower Louisiana's leading incarceration rate. Baton Rouge Reps. Patricia Smith, a Democrat, and Rick Edmonds, a Republican, say they are confident legislators across the political spectrum will support their efforts to lower recidivism. Three proposals aimed at... more »
  • Officers plead guilty in roles of inmate beating

    February 24, 2016 8:16 AM

    NEW IBERIA- Three former and two current employees of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office have pleaded guilty to their roles in the beating of an inmate at an Iberia Parish jail. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that 46-year-old Robert E. Burns, 34-year-old Byron Benjamin Lassalle, 40-year-old Wade Bergeron, 35-year-old... more »
  • Lawyer: Last of 'Angola Three' inmates released

    February 19, 2016 2:21 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The last of the "Angola Three" inmates still behind bars has been released after more than four decades in prison. Albert Woodfox was released Friday after pleading no contest to manslaughter and aggravated burglary in the 1972 death of a prison guard. Woodfox and two... more »
  • Former New Orleans juvenile judge avoids prison

    February 18, 2016 6:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King, convicted in November of falsifying campaign documents, has avoided prison time. Ad hoc Judge Michael Kirby sentenced King Thursday to two years of inactive probation and ordered her to pay court costs and a $1,000 fine. Kirby... more »
  • BRAF to release mental health plan Monday; effort to keep people out of jail

    February 17, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In less than a week, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation said it will share plans for a proposed substance abuse and mental health treatment center in the city. Community and government leaders have said there is a mental health crisis in Baton Rouge for some time.... more »
  • Violent felon gets 7.5 years in prison for firearm possession

    February 5, 2016 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice announced a man has been sentenced to more than 7 years behind bars as a result of possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon. 58-year-old Nairie Chaney, of Baton Rouge, was arrested during a traffic stop on June 30, 2014. Baton... more »
  • Advocates to push for 'ban the box' policy in Alabama

    January 19, 2016 11:57 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An Alabama lawmaker and an advocacy group are planning to push state lawmakers in the upcoming session to discuss "ban the box" policies, which are meant to give ex-criminals a better chance of finding stable employment. According to the advocacy group National Employment Law Project, 19 states... more »
  • Rethinking solitary: National prisons group pushes changes

    January 16, 2016 11:29 AM

    ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - A national prisons group is proposing an easing of solitary confinement rules as several states adopt less harsh approaches to punishing inmates. Jim Gondles is executive director of the American Correctional Association. He says inmates are already being deprived of liberties by being in prison and... more »
  • Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips found dead in prison

    January 13, 2016 2:57 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California prison officials say former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been found dead in his prison cell, and they suspect suicide. Officials say guards at Kern Valley State Prison found the 40-year-old Phillips unresponsive in his cell shortly after midnight Wednesday. He was pronounced dead... more »
  • Inmates celebrate the holidays with their kids Play Video

    December 15, 2015 12:05 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - People behind bars in West Feliciana Parish received some early Christmas cheer Tuesday. Montreal Floyd is a father of six, but on Tuesday he got to see two of his children. This will be the first Christmas without his kids. "When you're use to being around them,... more »
  • City, sheriff get more time to discuss Orleans jail issues

    December 12, 2015 4:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given attorneys for the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman more time to come up with a plan for long-term housing of mentally ill inmates. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's order on Friday approved a deadline extension requested by... more »
  • Jury convicts Oklahoma ex-cop of rape, sex abuse

    December 11, 2015 5:31 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- A jury has convicted a former Oklahoma City police officer of first-degree rape related to allegations that he assaulted or victimized 13 women on his beat. Daniel Holtzclaw faces a possible sentence of life in prison after being convicted Thursday. The 29-year-old Holtzclaw was accused of preying... more »
  • Transition plans for Angola, Dixon wardens announced

    December 10, 2015 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Corrections announced transition plans for the leaders at Louisiana's prisons after Angola warden Burl Cain said he will retire at the end of this year. Cain made the announcement Wednesday, after investigations began into real estate deals between Cain and family members... more »
  • Longtime Angola warden Burl Cain to retire Play Video

    December 9, 2015 6:13 PM

    ANGOLA - Burl Cain, the warden of Angola State Penitentiary for two decades, will resign at the end of this year. The warden made the announcement Wednesday evening that he will step down effective Jan. 1, 2016, according to a spokesperson with Governor Bobby Jindal's office. “Warden Burl... more »
  • Angola inmates sending off toys for Christmas Play Video

    December 9, 2015 5:44 PM

    ANGOLA - A handful of inmates at Angola State Prison are sent off wooden toys and repaired bicycles to the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office Wednesday. It's part of the Angola Toy Workshop's program to give to children in need for Christmas. Inmates craft 6,000 wooden toys and repair about... more »
  • Last convict in mass school bus kidnapping seeks parole

    November 15, 2015 12:16 PM

    SACRAMENTO - The last of three men who kidnapped a school bus full of children 39 years ago in California is asking this week to be released from prison. Frederick Woods and two brothers, James and Richard Schoenfeld, were young men from wealthy San Francisco Bay Area families who spent... more »
  • Albuquerque man sentenced for spraying children with semen loaded squirt gun

    November 14, 2015 4:42 PM

    ALBUQUERQUE - A man accused of spraying children with a squirt gun loaded with his semen will go to prison. Kevin Jaramillo pleaded no contest to charges stemming from two indictments, including child abuse without great bodily harm, criminal sexual contact and sexual exploitation, in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, courtroom... more »
  • Pact means 5 in 'debtors' prison' lawsuit won't face jail

    November 5, 2015 2:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Judges in New Orleans have agreed not to jail five people over their alleged failure to pay court fees. The agreement filed Thursday in federal court is the latest development in a lawsuit alleging that New Orleans judges preside over what amounts to an unconstitutional "debtors' prison."... more »
  • Angola officials offer new plan to reduce heat on death row

    November 2, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Three ailing condemned killers who claim Louisiana's death row is unbearably hot can look forward to a daily cool shower, personal ice chests and more fans. But state corrections officials say opening the death-row tier doors to let cooler air flow from the guard pod is a bad... more »
  • Senate bill could cut nonviolent drug offenders' sentences

    October 22, 2015 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nonviolent drug offenders could be eligible for shorter prison sentences under legislation approved by a Senate panel today as Congress took the initial steps to change the nation's criminal justice system. On a vote of 15-5, the Judiciary Committee approved a bill to give judges discretion to give... more »
  • Orleans Parish officials try to resolve inmate transfer plan

    October 22, 2015 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Orleans Parish officials are trying to find a safe and effective way to transport inmates to court. Local media outlets are reporting that officials will discuss during a federal court hearing on Thursday how best to transport inmates from the new Orleans Parish Prison to Orleans Criminal Court.... more »
  • Obama administration backs bill to reduce prison time

    October 19, 2015 3:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is signaling support for bipartisan Senate legislation that would reduce prison sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that the bill is "a good step" toward striking a balance in sentencing such offenders.... more »
  • Johnson waives extradition after mistaken prison release

    October 5, 2015 12:35 PM

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Authorities said an inmate mistakenly released from prison and recaptured in Georgia chose not to fight extradition back to Louisiana. Benjuiel Johnson waived extradition in a hearing Saturday in Gwinnett County. Authorities will now begin the process of moving him back to Louisiana, where he will... more »
  • Fugitive's capture brings closure for victim's family Play Video

    October 2, 2015 7:45 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A shooting victim's family found closure Friday when his fugitive killer was captured in Atlanta. Molly Hardin is the aunt of Cordies Gales, the 31 year old man gunned down by Benjuiel Johnson in 2010. Hardin said she was "so excited" when she heard the news. Johnson... more »
  • Angola Prison Rodeo coming in October Play Video

    September 30, 2015 9:36 AM

    ANGOLA- The Angola Prison Rodeo is coming back to town for the month of October. The rodeo has become a staple in Louisiana, where people from all over the state travel to the prison to watch the inmates participate in various events. The nation’s longest-running prison rodeo features events like... more »
  • Man who vandalized Ole Miss statue gets 6 months in prison

    September 17, 2015 12:53 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A former University of Mississippi student who admitted helping place a noose on a statue of a civil rights activist is going to prison. A federal judge sentenced Graeme Phillip Harris on Thursday to six months in prison beginning Jan. 4, and 12 months' supervised release.... more »
  • Woman accepts plea deal in death of 1 man, wounding another

    September 17, 2015 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A 33-year-old Baton Rouge woman accused in 2012 of stealing a bicycle from a man she shot, riding several blocks and fatally shooting another man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and attempted murder charges. In return, Tameka Johnson received a 28-year prison term. Johnson faced an automatic sentence... more »
  • Louisiana prison escapee found in Florida

    September 13, 2015 11:58 AM

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Authorities have captured an inmate who escaped from Louisiana after a two-day manhunt that ended in the Florida Panhandle. A Bay County deputy saw Christopher Dale Stringer walking through the dunes near the beach along the Bay and Walton County line Saturday night. Authorities said... more »
  • Prison workers taken hostage by inmates in South Carolina

    September 6, 2015 2:16 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)- Authorities say inmates took two employees hostage at a maximum security state prison in South Carolina, but they were released without suffering serious injuries. Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said that the hostage situation lasted around six hours Saturday at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia. Givens... more »
  • Judge formally sentences James Holmes to life

    August 26, 2015 12:57 PM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Colorado theater shooter James Holmes has been formally sentenced to life in prison. Judge Carlos Samour Jr. had no other option after a split jury decided the sentence earlier this month. A death sentence required a unanimous jury verdict. Samour sentenced Holmes Wednesday after two days of... more »
  • Man who killed cousin gets 50 years in prison

    August 12, 2015 11:02 AM

    HOUMA - A 35-year-old Houma man convicted of manslaughter last December has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after being billed as a habitual offender. Authorities say Lashawn Smith shot his second cousin, 27-year-old Quincy Smith, in a dispute over drug money on Dec. 31, 2010. Quincy's body was... more »
  • Angola inmates ask for rehearing on death row heat case

    August 10, 2015 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State corrections officials complained last fall to a federal appellate court that a federal judge was micromanaging the state prison by ordering heat indexes on death row not top 88 degrees from April through October. Now, the three death-row inmates whose lawsuit against the state prompted Judge Brian... more »
  • Obama commutes sentences of 2 Louisiana men

    July 13, 2015 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two Louisiana men were among 46 inmates nationwide whose prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses were commuted by President Barack Obama. On Monday, Obama cut the sentences of Brian Nickles, a 46-year-old man from New Orleans, and James Nathan Walton, a 42-year-old man from Thibodaux. Both men... more »
  • Man found guilty of beating 82-year-old stepfather

    July 13, 2015 11:20 AM

    HOUMA- A 51-year-old Houma man faces up to 15 years in prison for beating up his 82-year-old stepfather who died about five months later. The Terrebonne Parish District Attorney's Office tells The Courier a six-person jury found Simon Fontenot guilty of aggravated second-degree battery Thursday. Fontenot was arrested on Nov.... more »
  • Michael Ellerbe Legacy Suit Drive Play Video

    July 6, 2015 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The 8th Annual National Suit Drive is underway. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is partnering with Men's Wearhouse and Refined by Fire Ministries to help recently-released offenders find a job. Men's Wearhouse locations throughout the state are accepting donations of gently used and clean... more »
  • Florida man faces sentencing for having sex on the beach

    July 6, 2015 9:19 AM

    BRADENTON, FL.- A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families will soon learn how long he must spend in prison. Jose Caballero is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. He faces a possible 15 years in prison, but prosecutors say they will seek 2.5 years.... more »
  • Arizona prison to relocate 355 more prisoners

    July 5, 2015 7:31 PM

    KINGMAN, Ariz. - Arizona Department of Corrections officials are relocating more than 350 inmates following a disturbance at a privately run prison in Kingman. Department spokesman Andrew Wilder said Sunday that about 355 inmates are being transferred to other facilities because of damage that was done to housing units the... more »
  • 2 officers hurt at Mississippi jail under scrutiny

    June 16, 2015 8:54 AM

    RAYMOND, MS.- Hinds County authorities say two guards injured during a jail incident may have deliberately violated policy and procedures before a fight took place. The incident occurred June 11 at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. Hinds County Deputy Sheriff Chris Piccou says investigators are still looking at... more »
  • Opening of New Orleans Parish Prison postponed again

    June 9, 2015 8:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a new prison facility for Orleans Parish inmates will not open until mid-August at the earliest. Authorities said Monday there are complications with an electronic security system that controls everything from cell doors to videoconferencing. Officials say problems with the security system must be ironed... more »
  • Angola celebrates prisoner's achievements Play Video

    June 4, 2015 6:56 PM

    ANGOLA - The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola did something this week they haven't for three years: hold a graduation celebration for nearly 400 inmates. Graduation ceremonies took place Tuesday and Thursday at the prison, with some prisoners receiving their GED and others getting certification in various fields. ... more »
  • Cancer scam woman goes to prison

    May 4, 2015 9:01 PM

    RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK- A woman who bilked people for donations for phony cancer treatments to feed a heroin addiction is going to prison. Brittany Ozarowski pleaded guilty to various charges two-years ago and was sent to a drug rehab program instead of prison as prosecutors wanted. She failed out... more »
  • NY woman who ran cancer scam gets prison after failing rehab

    May 4, 2015 3:42 PM

    RIVERHEAD, NY - A suburban New York woman who scammed people for donations for phony cancer treatments to feed a heroin habit is headed to prison. Brittany Ozarowski pleaded guilty in December 2013 to grand larceny, forgery and other charges. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to seven years.... more »
  • Prison for 4 DWI's in 2 days

    April 27, 2015 9:05 PM

    PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND- A man who was arrested 4 times in 48 hours for drunk driving got prison time. John Lourenco was sentenced to 2 years in prison and a $3,400 fine. He also has to attend alcohol counseling. Once he's released from prison, his license is suspended for... more »
  • NOPD: Prison inmate on the loose; slipped out of handcuffs

    April 19, 2015 12:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are searching for an man who managed to slip out of his handcuffs and flee Orleans Parish Prison's temporary intake center early Sunday morning. The man had been transported from University Hospital after receiving a cast on his right arm. After being... 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 »
  • Orleans sheriff investigates apparent suicide of inmate

    March 24, 2015 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the apparent suicide of a 24-year-old inmate. In a news release, sheriff's office spokesman Philip Stelly says Ryan Miller was found Monday night in a holding cell with a telephone cord around his neck. Stelly says deputies immediately began CPR.... more »
  • Justice Kennedy: US prison system 'broken'

    March 23, 2015 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is telling Congress that American prisons rely too much on holding inmates in isolation and that the corrections system is "broken" in many respects. At a House committee hearing Monday to examine next year's Supreme Court budget, Kennedy told lawmakers that the... more »
  • TV host won't testify in Durst's hearing, magistrate says

    March 23, 2015 6:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A magistrate has ruled that prosecutor-turned-TV-host Jeanine Pirro will not testify in millionaire Robert Durst's hearing involving weapons charges. The 71-year-old Durst is in court Monday for a bond hearing. He's accused of killing a female friend in California 15 years ago and is being held in... more »
  • Durst could be most infamous inmate recently at St. Gabriel's Hunt Play Video

    March 18, 2015 11:02 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - In a matter of days, eccentric millionaire and real estate heir Robert Durst went from a swanky Houston condo, to a ritzy New Orleans hotel on Canal Street to the Orleans Parish Prison and by Wednesday morning will have spent two nights in the mental ward of... more »
  • Job fair gives inmates necessary opportunities Play Video

    March 11, 2015 6:45 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Close to 300 inmates got the chance to sit with possible future employers at a job fair at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. The women met with various representatives from different organizations. Job training in drafting and design, welding, agriculture and many other programs are... more »
  • Wrongfully convicted man fighting for compensation from state Play Video

    February 25, 2015 7:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A wrongfully convicted man is fighting for compensation he is owed from the state. Glenn Ford was exonerated of a crime he did not commit and released from Angola on March 11, 2014, just before sunset. He'd spent nearly 30 years on death row before a... more »
  • Prison escapee caught in drain pipe

    February 15, 2015 4:44 PM

    FRANKLINTON - Washington Parish deputies have caught an inmate who allegedly slipped out of shackles and jumped from a sheriff's vehicle after a hospital visit. Mike Haley of the sheriff's office says 39-year-old, Kaunda Lopaz Magee, was found Sunday in a drainage pipe near Franklinton. He says Magee was still... more »
  • Man in murder-for-hire plot too high of a risk, to let out on bond Play Video

    February 5, 2015 6:30 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A man, accused of hiring a hit-man to kill a Port Allen couple over a soured business deal, won't be getting out from behind bars in West Baton Rouge Parish anytime soon. Prosecutors say Tommy Gioele is too high a risk to be let out of... more »
  • 'Angola 3' inmate wins another round at appeals court

    February 4, 2015 2:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - One of the state prisoners known as the "Angola Three" has won another round in court as he fights charges arising from the 1972 stabbing death of a prison guard. Albert Woodfox's conviction in that death had been overturned by a federal district judge. That judge's decision... more »
  • Prison tour shows cell doors won't close Play Video

    February 3, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After a proposed tax to build a new prison failed in the Metro Council, Warden Dennis Grimes is hoping to highlight problems that could spark change for his facility. The East Baton Rouge Parish Prison has beds for 1,594 inmates and is at full capacity. Parts of... more »
  • Idea suggested to fix prison with no tax increase

    February 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council say the parish should hire a private company to finance, build and operate a new jail without a tax increase. The proposal comes as local law enforcement leaders seek a new jail to replace one they say... more »
  • Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting

    January 28, 2015 1:38 PM

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM - A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced Wednesday before a U.S. district judge in Albuquerque following... more »
  • Convicted child killer released from jail

    January 22, 2015 11:56 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Corrections officials released a Louisiana man overnight who confessed to killing an 11-year-old Natchitoches girl in 1990 after he served only half his 50-year sentence. KTBS reports Phillip Deselle was released from the David Wade Correctional Center in Homer Wednesday night. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in... more »
  • Top military officer says Gitmo creates 'psychological scar'

    January 11, 2015 6:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Count the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman among those who believe it's in the national interest to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Gen. Martin Dempsey says the facility at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba "does create a psychological scar on our national values. Whether it should... more »
  • $350 million bond could fund new DA office Play Video

    December 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The mayor's pending proposal for a $350 million bond initiative would likely fund several aspects of public safety, including a new District Attorney's office. Currently the DA occupies a couple floors in the city's Governmental Building as well as an office near the courthouse and offices near... more »
  • Angola inmates making old-fashioned cane syrup Play Video

    November 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    ANGOLA - There's something sweet in the works at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the second time in nearly 40 years. Angola inmates are making homemade cane syrup the old-fashioned way. The Angola sugar mill shut down in the 1970s, but the tradition started back up last year. ... more »
  • US releases Saudi prisoner from Guantanamo Bay

    November 22, 2014 10:57 AM

    MIAMI - A Saudi citizen who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay has been released as the U.S. continues attempts to whittle down the prison population at its base in Cuba. The Pentagon said Saturday that Muhammad al-Zahrani was sent to his homeland based on the... more »
  • Man gets 18 months for Subway cash register hacks

    November 21, 2014 5:13 PM

    BOSTON - A man who hacked into computerized cash registers at Subway sandwich shops and stole more than $40,000 in gift cards has been sentenced in Boston to 18 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns also sentenced 46-year-old Lake Elsinore, California, resident Shahin Abdollahi to two years of... more »
  • Sister of slain actress crusades against Manson

    November 18, 2014 6:18 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was slain in 1969 by the murderous followers of Charles Manson, has spent much of her life trying to divert attention from the cult leader and keep him in prison. Her job got tougher with the news that Manson, now 80,... more »
  • Ferry captain gets 36 years in prison for crash

    November 11, 2014 2:00 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - The captain of the South Korea ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, has been given 36 years in prison. The court said the captain was professionally negligent and abandoned his passengers during the disaster. He could have received a death sentence, although... more »
  • US says North Korea releases 2 detained Americans

    November 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials say two American citizens are on their way home from North Korea after their release from prison there. A spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says Clapper is accompanying Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller on their journey back to the United States.... more »
  • Prisoner says state conducts illegal body searches

    October 29, 2014 3:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for a Louisiana prison inmate whose conviction in the 1972 death of a guard was overturned say he has been subjected to illegal "body cavity searches" while he awaits the next step in his prosecution. The inmate is 67-year-old Albert Woodfox, one of the prisoners supporters... more »
  • OJ Simpson appeal in hands of Nevada Supreme Court

    October 27, 2014 10:56 AM

    LAS VEGAS, NV - O.J. Simpson's appeal for release from a Nevada prison is now up to the state's Supreme Court. Simpson lawyers argue in a final brief to the Nevada high court that a lower court judge was wrong to deny the former football star a new trial in... more »
  • Man who shot pregnant wife to be sentenced next month Play Video

    October 19, 2014 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After two years, the man who shot his pregnant wife is being sentenced next month. Frank Atkins has been convicted of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder. He is facing a life sentence and will go before the court one last time next... more »
  • State seeks to have judge end consent decree

    September 22, 2014 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials have asked a federal judge in New Orleans to lift a 2011 court settlement that was intended to help Louisiana inmates who are deemed incompetent to stand trial to receive faster placement at the state mental health facility in Jackson. Instead, officials say they languish... more »
  • Police: Escaped school shooter captured Play Video

    September 12, 2014 2:15 AM

    LIMA, OH - A teenager convicted of killing three Ohio high school students has been captured after escaping from prison, and two prisoners who fled with him are also back in custody. A spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says State Highway Patrol troopers found 19-year-old T.J. Lane... 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 »
  • Jail worker suspended after illegal bails out of jail

    September 4, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office suspended a jail worker who erroneously allowed an illegal immigrant to bail out of jail. Friday, East Baton Rouge corrections officers released Bernardo Gomez, 27. But, he was supposed to be held in jail for ICE agents. Gomez,... more »
  • Mistakenly released illegal with lengthy record wanted by deputies Play Video

    September 3, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies blame a clerical error for the reason an illegal immigrant was allowed to bail out of prison despite being wanted by federal immigration agents. Friday, East Baton Rouge corrections officers released Bernardo Gomez, 27. But, he was supposed to be held in jail for ICE... more »
  • Psychiatrist sentenced in Medicare fraud case

    August 26, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities say a Louisiana psychiatrist has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme. The Justice Department says Dr. Zahid Imran was sentenced Monday for his role in the $258 million scheme. The department says the scheme... more »

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