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  • Angola inmate recovers from West Nile Virus; prison officials taking preventative measures

    July 20, 2017 2:29 PM

    ANGOLA – An inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary has recovered from the first known case of West Nile Virus at the prison, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections confirmed. The inmate, who has not been identified and only described as middle-aged, was diagnosed with the... more »
  • 5 arrested after work program inmate found working for family business

    July 15, 2017 9:40 PM

    RACELAND - Deputies have arrested five people after it was discovered that a work program inmate had spent more than two months working for a family business instead of his assigned employer. According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, 36-year-old Anthony Gambino III had been reporting to his mother’s... more »
  • California man admits his meth sent to Louisiana, Tennessee

    June 29, 2017 11:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A California man faces at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in what federal prosecutors in Louisiana call a national drug conspiracy that shipped methamphetamine through the mail and United Parcel Service. A news release Tuesday said the maximum sentence for 26-year-old Ernesto... more »
  • Report: Rapper Juvenile in jail over $150,000 child support debt

    June 17, 2017 5:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans-born rapper Juvenile is in jail after a judge found that he owes $150,000 in child support payments. According to a report from WWL, the 42-year-old rapper, whose real name is Terius Gray, was booked into the Orleans Justice Center early Saturday morning. Records... more »
  • $60,000 reward offered for escaped inmates

    June 13, 2017 11:48 AM

    EATONTON - A reward of $60,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrests of two escaped Georgia inmates accused of killing two prison guards. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in an email that multiple agencies have contributed to this sum. The agency tweeted that... more »
  • Former Angola employee arrested for allegedly using department funds for personal use

    June 6, 2017 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former employee of the Angola prison was arrested after allegedly using a credit card for one of the prison's internal organizations to make personal purchases. Attorney General Jeff Landry's office reported the arrest of 52-year-old Sidney Davis for charges of unauthorized use of a moveable (over... more »
  • Dixon prison employee arrested after attempting to smuggle in drugs, cellphone

    June 6, 2017 4:04 PM

    JACKSON – A Dixon Correctional Institute employee was arrested for allegedly trying to bring drugs and other contraband into the prison. During a routine search of 49-year-old Kenneth McManus, investigators found a package containing 35 ecstasy pills, 131 grams of synthetic marijuana, a cellphone and a cellphone charger. McManus... more »
  • Teen arrested in Ascension Parish car burglary

    May 31, 2017 10:11 PM

    GEISMAR - Deputies have arrested a 17-year-old who is suspected of committing a vehicle burglary in Ascension Parish. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Juan Barajas of Prairieville was arrested on simple burglary and criminal trespassing charges Tuesday. The sheriff's office say Barajas was identified after deputies... more »
  • Louisiana criminal justice revamp edges closer to passage

    May 31, 2017 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards' goal of significantly reducing Louisiana's incarceration rate is closer to reality after some of the package's more controversial proposals passed a tough test. The House criminal justice committee approved three Senate-backed bills Wednesday to expand probation and parole opportunities and shrink sentences for... more »
  • Report: Man sentenced to life for New Orleans mall shooting

    May 18, 2017 1:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – A man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal shooting that took place in 2014 at the Oakwood Mall in New Orleans, WWL reports. According to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office, 28-year-old Gary Francois was sentenced to life in prison for charges... more »
  • Governor: Deal reached on criminal justice revamp

    May 16, 2017 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced a compromise with prosecutors over a key set of bills he's pushing to decrease Louisiana's highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate and save millions each year. The governor said Tuesday if the bills pass, he expects Louisiana's prison population could be reduced by 10... more »
  • Former officer who shot Walter Scott pleads guilty, faces prison

    May 2, 2017 4:06 PM

    CHARLESTON - Fired North Charleston Police officer Michael Slager has pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of an unarmed black motorist he shot in the back. The death of Walter Scott was seen worldwide after a bystander recorded it on his cellphone. Slager likely faces prison under the terms... more »
  • Inmate reportedly had gun inside area prison

    April 28, 2017 5:55 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – Sources described a shakedown of the state-run prison for men in Iberville Parish as a futile effort to find a reported, smuggled weapon. Multiple sources discussed the situation with the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit Friday but state corrections officials said no gun was found. A... more »
  • Defense attorney gets 30 months in prison for tax evasion

    April 23, 2017 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana criminal defense attorney has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for failing to pay approximately $1 million in income and employment taxes, including interest and penalties. The Justice Department said in a statement that 66-year-old Michael Thiel, of Baton Rouge, used trusts to conceal... more »
  • Juvenile life sentences debated at Louisiana Capitol Play Video

    April 18, 2017 8:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican Senator Dan Claitor presented his bill to eliminate life sentences for juveniles without parole Tuesday. Hearing it in his Senate Judiciary Committee, Claitor argued to grant the possibility of parole after the juvenile serves 30 years of their sentence. Claitor is attempting to bring Louisiana... more »
  • Official says hunger strike over at south Mississippi prison

    April 11, 2017 9:57 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - An official says a hunger strike is over at a south Mississippi prison. The Mississippi Department of Corrections made the announcement Tuesday, eight days after officials said 11 inmates had begun refusing meals. Relatives supporting inmates said they were protesting conditions at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution... more »
  • Man convicted of triple murder at Houston car lot, gets life

    April 11, 2017 8:37 PM

    HOUSTON - A Houston man will serve life in prison after being convicted of capital murder in a shooting rampage at a used car dealership that left three men dead. Jurors in Harris County deliberated more than three hours Tuesday before returning its verdict on James Tinsley IV. Since prosecutors... more »
  • 2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison

    April 8, 2017 1:05 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Two convicts each serving a life sentence for killing a mother and her child have been charged with murder in the strangulation deaths of four inmates inside a South Carolina prison. Arrest warrants released early Saturday say 35-year-old Denver Simmons and 25-year-old Jacob Philip lured each inmate... more »
  • Massage therapists arrested for giving 'erotic' massages

    April 3, 2017 4:28 PM

    COVINGTON - Two massage therapists have been arrested after authorities discovered they were giving "erotic" massages to some of their customers. According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, 51-year-old Cuiling Wang and 47-year-old Xiaohong Miao were arrested after the sheriff's office received several complaints concerning illegal activities at... more »
  • Man sentenced to life in prison for Denham Springs murder

    March 29, 2017 5:49 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after he was charged with a 2016 murder. According to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, 25-year-old Brian Allen was charged with killing 24-year-old Derick Stewart in a shooting off of Pete's Highway south of Hwy. 190... more »
  • Six hurt in crash involving prisoner transport bus

    March 27, 2017 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several people were taken to the hospital after a crash involving a Department of Corrections prisoner transport bus Monday. The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 61 at New Rafe Mayer Road. Sources say six people were transported from the scene with minor injuries. ... more »
  • S.C. Ex-guard shot in attack via inmate's cellphone to testify

    March 23, 2017 9:32 AM

    COLUMBIA - An ex-South Carolina corrections officer who was nearly killed in a shooting orchestrated by an inmate using an illegal cellphone wants federal authorities to help ensure nothing like it happens again. Robert Johnson is expected to testify Thursday before the Federal Communications Commission about preventing inmate access to... more »
  • Lawmakers ask for deeper dive into Angola prison rodeo finances

    March 21, 2017 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state lawmakers have asked auditors to review a decade of financial documents from the prison rodeo held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. The request to Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera was lodged Tuesday by the Legislative Audit Advisory Council. The scrutiny comes after an audit... more »
  • Death toll rises to 3 from inmate riot at Guatemala prison

    March 20, 2017 10:58 PM

    GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemalan officials say a guard has died of injuries sustained when gang members rioted at a prison for juveniles and adults, raising the death toll to three. President Jimmy Morales tweeted Monday that four hostages were rescued alive. But police reported later that one of those died,... more »
  • Sheriff: Woman tried to smuggle meth to inmate in Bible

    March 20, 2017 9:27 PM

    TUPELO, Miss. - Today's Bible lesson: It's a bad idea to use the good book to smuggle drugs into jail. A Mississippi sheriff says the jail's property officer noticed a bulge in the back cover of a Bible dropped off March 16 for an inmate convicted of methamphetamine trafficking. Lee... more »
  • Criminal justice overhaul aims to cut La. prison population

    March 16, 2017 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's debate over how to rework its criminal justice system is heading to state lawmakers. A study group Thursday approved its package of recommendations for a sweeping rewrite of Louisiana's criminal sentencing laws and its approach to prisoner rehabilitation. The effort aims to lessen Louisiana's highest-in-the-nation incarceration... more »
  • Texas executes man convicted of killing 2

    March 14, 2017 11:35 PM

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas prison officials have executed a Fort Worth man condemned for killing a father and his 4-month-old son during a Christmas Eve rampage nearly 30 years ago that also left two other men shot to death. James Bigby was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. Tuesday evening. He... more »
  • Judge: Felons on probation, parole can't vote in Louisiana

    March 13, 2017 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge has refused to restore voting rights for more than 70,000 Louisiana residents who are on probation or parole for felony crimes. Judge Tim Kelley says keeping those thousands of people from voting is unfair. But he says Louisiana's constitution and state law required... more »
  • Man gets life in murder-for-hire case in Stone County

    March 11, 2017 12:40 PM

    WIGGINS, Miss. - A Biloxi man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in a murder-for-hire case. Jody Parks pleaded guilty to capital murder Friday in the January 2015 beating and stabbing death of Stone County businessman Timothy "Timmy" Garrison. The Sun Herald reports that 23-year-old Parks has... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss ways to reduce state's prison population Play Video

    March 2, 2017 7:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards' criminal justice task force has made recommendations to lawmakers on how to reduce Louisiana's prison population. The task force discussed the topic of violent crimes on Thursday and made recommendations that included granting parole hearings for juveniles sentenced to life in prison... more »
  • Newly hired officer fired from Elayn Hunt prison

    February 21, 2017 7:51 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Officials say a newly hired officer at a Louisiana prison is being fired after allegedly hitting an inmate. A prison system spokesman says 23-year-old corrections cadet Eric Lands is charged with simple battery. Prison spokesman Ken Pastorick says a surveillance camera and several witnesses saw Lands repeatedly... more »
  • Ex-Texas neurosurgeon sentenced to life for maiming patients

    February 20, 2017 8:37 PM

    DALLAS - A jury has sentenced a former neurosurgeon to life in prison for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries. The decision came Monday, almost a week after the Dallas County jury convicted 44-year-old Christopher Duntsch of first-degree felony injury to an elderly... more »
  • South Carolina prison lockdown: 2 inmates attack 2 workers

    February 18, 2017 3:26 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Authorities say a maximum security prison in South Carolina has been placed on lockdown after two inmates attacked two prison employees. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sommer Sharpe said the assault happened Friday at the Broad River Correctional Facility in Columbia, the state capital. Sharpe says the two... more »
  • Man becomes lawyer after unjustly imprisoned for 7 years

    February 15, 2017 5:50 PM

    MADISON, Wis. - A man who spent seven years in prison for a Wisconsin rape before he was cleared is now an attorney trying to clear another man of the same crime. Jarrett Adams was 17 in 1998 when a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student accused him and two friends of... more »
  • Florida man charged with faking his death gets 14 years

    February 1, 2017 6:19 PM

    JACKSONVILLE - A Florida businessman who faked his own death to defraud insurance companies has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. The Florida Times-Union reports that 63-year-old Jose Lantigua was sentenced Wednesday in Jacksonville after he pleaded guilty to bank fraud, identity theft and other charges. The former owner... more »
  • Inmates take hostages at Delaware correctional center

    February 1, 2017 4:17 PM

    DOVER, Del. - Delaware prisons have been put on lockdown following a reported hostage taking at the state's maximum security facility. The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware said in an email on Saturday that guards at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center were removing dinner trays when an inmate threatened... more »
  • Inmate killed just hours after being booked into Tangipahoa Parish Jail

    January 31, 2017 10:32 AM

    AMITE - An inmate was killed in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail after being in custody for less than 12 hours. According to Sheriff Daniel Edwards, jail staff responded to a disturbance between offenders late Monday night. Staff found an inmate in need of immediate medical attention and called for... more »
  • Earnings sought from album rapper allegedly made behind bars Play Video

    January 26, 2017 1:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of a botched nightclub shooting are asking a judge to seize the earnings from an album that officials say rapper C-Murder recorded and released while in prison. The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, was convicted of attempted murder after a malfunctioning handgun prevented him... more »
  • Audit: Work on ex-Angola warden's homes may have broken law

    January 23, 2017 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A government audit has found that the former warden of Louisiana's largest prison may have violated state law by using prison resources and public funds to renovate and furnish his homes. A report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office also details other potentially illegal transactions... more »
  • Man accused in murder case gets 30 years for jail obscenity

    January 13, 2017 12:27 PM

    HOUMA - A man accused of helping a killer has been sentenced to 30 years for committing an obscene act in jail. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Maurice Banks of Houma was sentenced as a habitual offender. Defense attorney Tracy Schwab says he has appealed the sentence. He tells The Courier that... more »
  • Group: New Orleans inmates held months after sentences end

    January 13, 2017 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans inmates held in a north Louisiana jail well past the time their sentences ended could be released as early as Friday. However, attorneys for inmate advocates say they believe there are others in the same predicament at the East Carroll Parish jail, where some... more »
  • Suit claims inmate punished for communicating with reporter

    January 9, 2017 1:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal lawsuit accuses Louisiana prison officials of retaliating against an inmate for corresponding with a reporter whose newspaper published a series of stories critical of the state's corrections department. Monday's lawsuit says prison officials transferred William Kissinger from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and placed him... more »
  • Manson back at Central California prison after hospital stay

    January 7, 2017 7:27 PM

    BAKERSFIELD - Charles Manson is back in a California prison after a hospital stay for an unspecified medical problem. State corrections department spokesman Jeffrey Callison says Saturday that Manson is at Corcoran State Prison in Central California. In an email, Callison adds that the department has never stated Manson ever... more »
  • Judge orders state to keep 3 death row inmates cool

    December 23, 2016 9:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ordered prison officials to continue using new measures for controlling dangerous heat levels for three medically vulnerable inmates on Louisiana's death row. He stopped short of requiring the installation of air conditioning - saying the low-tech remedies officials experimented with last summer... more »
  • Angola prison magazine's inmate editor to be freed

    December 23, 2016 9:48 AM

    ANGOLA - Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered to free from prison the inmate editor of a magazine produced at the State Penitentiary at Angola. Media outlets report 60-year-old Kerry Myers was convicted of murder in 1990 for the fatal beating of his wife inside their Harvey home. Myers received... more »
  • Judge orders state to keep 3 death row inmates cool

    December 22, 2016 8:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ordered prison officials to continue using new measures for controlling dangerous heat levels for three medically vulnerable inmates on Louisiana's death row. He stopped short of requiring the installation of air conditioning - saying the low-tech remedies officials experimented with last summer... more »
  • College financial aid officer stole $22K from students

    December 19, 2016 12:55 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - Federal prosecutors say a 43-year-old Alexandria woman has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing more than $22,000 from students at a private college. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says Makquel Gailes also must pay $22,700 restitution. Finley says Gailes was a financial aid officer at Unitech... more »
  • Costs top $500,000 in case of man whose son died in hot car

    December 19, 2016 10:03 AM

    ATLANTA - Documents show that the cost of sending a Georgia man to prison for life after his son died in a hot car outside Atlanta is estimated to be about $550,000. A judge this month sentenced 36-year-old Justin Ross Harris to life in prison without the possibility of parole.... more »
  • Man convicted in son's hot-car death gets life, no parole

    December 5, 2016 3:33 PM

    MARIETTA - A Georgia man convicted of murder after his toddler son died in a hot SUV has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors last month convicted Justin Ross Harris of malice murder and other charges in the June 2014 death of his... more »
  • East Baton Rouge prison to get private health care company

    November 23, 2016 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A private company will start running the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison's health care operations next year. The Advocate reports the possibility of privatizing the prison's medical operations has been on the table for months now, but a group of prison health care workers helped to stall... more »
  • Court stops 'Making a Murderer' inmate's release

    November 17, 2016 1:53 PM

    MADISON, Wis. - A federal appeals court has ruled that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned. Brendan Dassey was convicted in 2007 of raping and killing Teresa Halbach and sentenced to life in prison.... more »
  • Baton Rouge man sentenced on child porn convictions

    October 27, 2016 10:02 AM

    GONZALES - A 25-year-old Baton Rouge man who had faced 251 counts of child pornography possession has been given a five-year prison sentence after a recent guilty plea. Phillip Rome pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography possession and was given two 10-year prison sentences with five years... more »
  • Former Angola employees charged with felony theft

    October 26, 2016 5:00 PM

    ANGOLA – Two former Angola prison employees were charged with felony theft after deputies say they stole $160,000 from fund meant to benefit employees. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Shirley Whittington and 51-year-old Deborah Leonard turned themselves into authorities Wednesday afternoon. Both women were held at... more »
  • Former Amedisys officer sentenced for wire fraud

    October 13, 2016 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors say a former vice president for the health services company Amedisys has been sentenced to four years in prison for a wire fraud scheme that put more than $7.6 million of the company's money in his personal bank accounts. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in... more »
  • Angola Prison Rodeo every Sunday in October

    October 6, 2016 10:25 AM

    ANGOLA, La. - The Angola Prison Rodeo kicked off Sunday and continues every Sunday in October at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Proceeds cover rodeo expenses, help to develop arena facilities and supplement the Inmate Welfare Fund, which provides inmate educational supplies. The event is a professionally produced rodeo with contracted... more »
  • Prison guard arrested for allegedly bringing in contraband

    September 26, 2016 10:44 PM

    COLUMBIA, Miss. - A guard at the Marion-Walthall Regional Correctional Facility in Columbia has been arrested for allegedly bringing contraband into the prison. Authorities say 22-year-old Cedeterius Jackson was arrested late Thursday on a charge of introduction of an electronic device into a correctional facility. Maj. Zack Guidroz tells WDAM-TV... more »
  • Al Capone letter written in prison shows mobster's soft side

    September 23, 2016 12:10 PM

    BOSTON - Did notorious gangster Al Capone have a soft spot? An intimate letter he penned from prison suggests the ruthless racketeer could handle tenderness almost as skillfully as his Tommy Gun. The three-page letter is being auctioned off next week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it's expected to fetch around... more »
  • Federal judge sentences man in embezzlement case

    September 21, 2016 9:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal prosecutor says a former executive of a shuttered Gonzales-based chain of Popeyes chicken restaurants will spend nearly four years in prison for embezzling funds from the business. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release Tuesday Judge John deGravelles ordered 46-year-old William Ros to... more »
  • Man sentenced to life in rape of 6-year-old

    September 20, 2016 11:57 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A Caddo Parish man who represented himself on charges he raped a 6-year-old child in 2013 has been sentenced to life in prison. 36-year-old Anthony Larkins heard the sentence imposed on him Monday by District Judge Katherine Dorroh, who on Sept. 8 found Larkins guilty in a ruling... more »
  • Snowden: Long prison term for me would erode democracy in US

    September 14, 2016 12:46 PM

    NEW YORK - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says it would "chill speech" and "erode the quality of our democracy" if he serves a long prison term in the U.S. Snowden spoke by video at a New York news conference Wednesday. Advocates, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International,... more »
  • Louisiana man sentenced to 5 years in fatal beating of dog

    September 13, 2016 9:06 AM

    GONZALES - A Louisiana judge has sentenced a man to five years in prison for beating his dog to death with a baseball bat. District Judge Jason Verdigets sentenced Jamari Jackson of Prairieville on Monday. Jackson had faced up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors say Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies... more »
  • Judge to ex-NFL star Darren Sharper: can't ignore damage

    August 18, 2016 7:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge who more than doubled former NFL star Darren Sharper's prison sentence told him that courts cannot ignore the damage he inflicted on women and on society at large. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo (TREESH mil-AH-zoh) had rejected a multistate plea agreement's 9-year sentence... more »
  • Judge hears of possible solutions to heat at Angola

    August 8, 2016 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana has spent more than $1 million in taxpayer money to fight a lawsuit that claims three death row inmates are exposed to dangerous heat levels in their cells. After more than three years of litigation, prison officials may have finally found a low-tech... more »
  • 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 dancer'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 »

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