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  • Former deputy pleads guilty to helping inmate escape

    August 9, 2015 11:52 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE, La. - A former Avoyelles Parish sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 18 months for allowing an Assumption Parish prisoner to leave a jail transport van to buy drugs and the inmate didn't return. Court records show Michelle George of Moreauville pleaded guilty this week to counts of assisting... more »
  • Former postal worker sentenced for stealing

    August 8, 2015 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Authorities say a former postal worker has been sentenced to a year and 8 months in prison for stealing from the U.S. Postal Service and for using information from stolen mail for identity theft. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson of Baton Rouge also ordered 38-year-old... more »
  • TV actor Dustin Diamond gets 4 months jail for stabbing

    June 25, 2015 11:26 AM

    PORT WASHINGTON, WI - A Wisconsin judge has sentenced TV actor Dustin Diamond to 4 months in jail for a barroom stabbing. Judge Paul Malloy on Thursday ordered Diamond to report to jail Sunday. Diamond was convicted earlier this month on two misdemeanor counts that stemmed from a Christmas Day... more »
  • Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to die

    May 15, 2015 3:39 PM

    BOSTON- Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been sentenced to die by lethal injection for the 2013 terror attack. The federal jury in Massachusetts reached the decision after more than 14 hours of deliberations over three days. The 21-year-old Tsarnaev was convicted last month of all 30 federal... more »
  • Priest sentenced to 5 years for meth distribution

    May 7, 2015 12:54 PM

    HARTFORD, CT - A suspended Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for running a meth distribution ring. Monsignor Kevin Wallin said at the hearing Thursday in Hartford federal court that, when he was arrested, it was the best day of his... more »
  • Man sentenced for dumping hazardous waste into BR water system check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2015 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man in Baton Rouge who illegally dumped six million gallons of hazardous waste over a three-year period will not do any jail time. Roger Dies faced a lengthier sentence for his actions but was given two years federal probation instead. He also must pay hefty fines.... more »
  • Last 3 men sentenced for 2012 Gonzales home invasion triple slaying

    April 23, 2015 11:18 AM

    GONZALES - The final three men convicted in a 2012 home invasion triple murder in Gonzales have been sentenced after all reached plea bargains with prosecutors. Charlotte Guedry, spokeswoman for District Attorney Ricky Babin, said Rolando Stewart was sentenced Wednesday to 63 years in prison, while Travis Moore got 26... more »
  • Life sentence for man for making boy hold paint buckets

    February 28, 2015 4:41 PM

    ATLANTA - Prosecutors say a suburban Atlanta man who forced a boy to hold paint buckets outdoors for hours as punishment on a hot June day has been sentenced to life imprisonment plus 50 years. The Fulton County District Attorney's Office says 32-year-old Omar Pitts of College Park pleaded... more »
  • Montana man gets 70 years in German exchange student's death

    February 12, 2015 12:46 PM

    HELENA, MT - A Montana man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison, with no parole for at least 20 years, in the shotgun killing of a German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage. Markus Kaarma was sentenced Thursday after a Missoula jury convicted him in December... more »
  • Hammond man sentenced for stolen identity refund fraud

    November 20, 2014 2:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Hammond man accused of stealing identities to file bogus tax returns was sentenced to more than two year in prison on Thursday morning. 32-year-old Darrell Harland was ordered to pay more than $65,000 in restitution to the I.R.S. and sentenced to 32 months in prison... more »
  • 2 Houma men sentenced, fined for oyster violations

    October 14, 2014 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Terrebonne Parish men have been sentenced for illegal oyster fishing violations. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reports 39-year-old Fernando Carbajal and 25-year-old Jonathan Reyes, both of Houma, pleaded guilty before state District Judge George Lark to one count of taking oysters from an unapproved... more »
  • Nagin witness gets 1 year, 1 day

    September 10, 2014 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A businessman who pleaded guilty in a New Orleans City Hall corruption case and provided key testimony against former Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan imposed the sentence Wednesday on Rodney Williams. Williams... more »
  • Doctor pleads guilty to battery with patient

    September 4, 2014 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A doctor accused of battery and inappropriate behavior with a female patient pleaded guilty to four counts of simple battery on Thursday. Dr. Howard Gidden, 63, was sentenced to 6 months in parish prison for each count with two years of unsupervised probation, according to the... more »
  • Man sentenced to 14 years in child porn case

    May 5, 2014 5:44 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - A federal judge has sentenced a 23-year-old Lafayette man to 14 years in prison for receiving child pornography on his computer. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Haik on Thursday also ordered Gary Berry to 15 years of supervision once he's released and to register as a sex... more »
  • Prison time for forced labor

    April 24, 2014 7:51 PM

    YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO- A woman who lured a mentally disabled mother and her child into captivity and forced labor got nearly four-years in prison. A federal judge sentenced 22-year-old Dezerah Silsby after she made a plea deal when she was charged with threatening the woman, beating her and making her... more »
  • Vehicular homicide; 10 year sentence

    April 11, 2014 1:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A Denham Springs woman will serve 10 years after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. Assistant District Attorney Greg Murphy says Kadie Matthews was traveling more then 100 mph when she struck another car on April 7, 2013. The driver of the other car, Richard Moore, Jr., died... more »
  • Double murderer gets life in prison

    March 14, 2014 10:24 PM

    AMITE- Giles McGhee, 53, will serve life in prison for killing two people in Hammond two years ago. A jury found McGhee guilty in February and he was sentenced this week. Karum Smith, 40, was found shot along with Tamica Muse, 36, at a house that belonged to... more »
  • N.O. businessman sentenced on bribery charges

    March 12, 2014 11:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans businessman who pleaded guilty to bribing the former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Aaron Bennett also says he bribed former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin with a free plane ride to Chicago and Las Vegas in 2007.... more »
  • Self-confessed serial killer sentenced

    January 17, 2014 7:27 PM

    PORTLAND, OREGON- A man who came forward decades after killing three women was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Jeffery Cutlip pleaded guilty to two murders in the 1970s and another in 1993. He told police he killed a fourth woman, but police can't... more »
  • Ex-police chief sentenced in missing cash probe

    January 14, 2014 3:02 PM

    AMITE- Former Kentwood Police Chief Gregory Newton has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a charge that he tampered with cash that was recovered during a burglary investigation. State District Court Judge Wayne Ray Chutz sentenced Newton to five years of probation after the former chief pleaded guilty... more »
  • Sentencing Thursday for 2 former councilmen

    September 23, 2013 9:48 AM

    SHREVEPORT- Former Monroe City Councilmen Arthur Gilmore and Robert Stevens are scheduled to be sentenced this week for accepting bribe payments. The News-Star reports they are set to appear for sentencing at the federal courthouse in Shreveport on Thursday. They each face up to 20 years in prison. Gilmore and... more »
  • Ex-wildlife official sentenced for payoffs

    September 11, 2013 2:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former Louisiana wildlife official has been sentenced to six months of home detention for accepting payoffs from a landfill company owner's businesses as a reward for trying to keep rival landfills closed. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also sentenced Henry Mouton to three years of probation,... more »
  • La. man gets 3 years in 2011 injuring of baby

    August 24, 2013 4:14 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A Lake Charles man has been sentenced to three years in prison for injuring a 5-month-old child. The American Press reports that 32-year-old Mitchell Scott Crador was sentenced Friday by Judge Ron Ware. Crador had pleaded guilty to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Prosecutor Bobby Holmes says... more »
  • Slidell businessman gets jail time for kickbacks

    August 22, 2013 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Slidell businessman who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a subcontractor on a military construction project in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. Elton McCabe III pleaded guilty in May to a conspiracy charge. McCabe worked in Afghanistan for an American company... more »
  • Man sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor

    August 9, 2013 2:14 PM

    LAKE CHARLES- A 19-year-old Fort Polk man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, with five years of supervised release, for sexual abuse of a minor. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Satonius Gaines pleaded guilty to the charge. Finley says Gaines admitted that on July 22, 2012,... more »
  • Judge compares Marlo Mike to tissue paper Play Video

    July 9, 2013 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The hitman who killed Terry Boyd nearly four years ago will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Judge Trudy White called "Marlo" Michael Louding "cold blooded" before ruling he'll never get out from behind... more »
  • Man gets 8 months for failing to file income taxes

    May 23, 2013 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Former Denham Springs attorney Roderick Dewitt Aguillard III has been sentenced in Baton Rouge to eight months in federal prison after admitting that he did not file income tax returns on $2.3 million he earned over a four-year-period. Failure to file a federal income tax return is a... more »
  • 'Dangerous' man gets 75 years for series of crimes, jail break

    April 2, 2013 5:44 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A man pleaded guilty to rape, attempted murder, kidnapping, battery, and prison escape Tuesday. District Attorney Richard Ward said Stevenson Marshall was sentenced to 75 years after pleading guilty. Marshall was arrested in May 2010, but successfully orchestrated a violent escape from the jail in Iberville Parish... more »
  • Fake cop gets 25 years

    April 2, 2013 11:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 50-year-old New Orleans man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for robbing people while impersonating a police officer. The Times-Picayune reports Van Gabriel pleaded guilty in Jefferson Parish to 10 charges tied to four crimes in Kenner and Gretna in 2010. In his Jefferson... more »
  • 2 sentenced in shooting death of Shreveport teen

    March 27, 2013 8:47 AM

    SHREVEPORT- Two Shreveport men will be spending the next six decades behind bars following their sentencing for second-degree murder in Caddo Parish District Court. Joshua D. Brooks and Paul Anthony Jones, both 20, were sentenced this week by Judge Joseph Bleich to 60 years in prison at hard labor without... more »
  • Tears flow as convicted killer gets 70 years check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 12, 2013 3:48 PM

    CLINTON - A man who killed seven people after a drunk driving crash in Slaughter last year won't get out of prison until he's a senior citizen. Brett Gerald, 30, was sentenced to 70 years in prison by Judge William Carmichael. At least 35 of those years must be... more »
  • Gerald sentenced to 70 years in prison for DWI deaths

    March 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The man convicted of killing seven people during a drunken crash in Slaughter received a decade in jail for each of their deaths today. A judge sentenced Brett Gerald to 70 years in prison, ten years for each count of vehicular homicide he faced, and pay... more »
  • Maryland man sentenced in child porn case

    February 21, 2013 8:46 AM

    LAFAYETTE- A 30-year-old Maryland man was sentenced in Lafayette, La., to eight years in prison for possessing child pornography. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley tells The Advertiser Phillip Sessa Jr., of Essex, Md., was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik. Prosecutors say an acquaintance of Sessa alerted... more »
  • Paying the Piper

    January 31, 2013 7:21 PM

    The founder of a brokerage house in Iowa got 50-years in federal prison for a scam that bilked 13,000 investors out of $215 million dollars over 20 years. Russ Wasendorf Sr. headed Peregrine Financial Group and caused what a judge called "staggering losses" to investors, employees and creditors. Judge Linda... more »
  • Ga. man sentenced to 15 years in Army militia plot

    January 22, 2013 2:54 PM

    HINESVILLE, Ga. - A 22-year-old ex-soldier has pleaded guilty to more than 30 charges for his involvement with a group of Army soldiers who authorities say planned acts of domestic terrorism. Prosecutor Isabel Pauley says Timothy Joiner pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary, theft, violations of the street gang terrorism and... more »
  • Medical equipment owner sentenced in Medicare scam

    August 22, 2012 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The owner of several durable medical equipment companies that operated in Louisiana has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in multiple Medicare fraud schemes involving fraudulent claims and illegal kickback payments. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady sentenced 37-year-old Henry Lamont Jones,... more »
  • Woman sentenced to 40 years in fatal stabbing

    July 18, 2012 6:49 AM

    AMITE - A Tangipahoa woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty in the stabbing death of a Kentwood motel manager. District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said Tuesday that state District Judge Ray Chutz sentenced 36-year-old Joyce Stinson Myers, who pleaded guilty July 10 to a... more »
  • Ex-N.O. pastor to be sentenced for stealing $1M

    July 12, 2012 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans church pastor is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for stealing nearly $1 million in disaster loan payments meant to rebuild the church after Hurricane Katrina. Toris Young faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District... more »
  • Gosserand formally sentenced for deadly crash

    June 26, 2012 4:54 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - A judge formally sentenced Victoria Gosserand today to five years in prison for vehicular homicide charges in a deadly 2009 wreck. Gosserand pleaded "no contest" back in March to the charges against her. Today a judge sentenced her to five years with two years suspended for... more »
  • Former Port Allen mayor sentenced to 40 months

    June 12, 2012 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge sentenced former Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis to 40 months in prison Tuesday, after Lewis pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. He testified against former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson and former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace in exchange for a lighter sentence. ... more »
  • Mob boss sentenced

    May 11, 2012 10:05 AM

    PROVIDENCE - The former boss of the New England Mafia has been sentenced to 5½ years in prison for his role in the shakedown of Providence strip clubs. Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio learned his punishment Friday in federal court in Providence. The 84-year-old Manocchio pleaded guilty in February to one... more »
  • Rapper G. Dep sentenced for shooting

    May 8, 2012 10:56 AM

    NEW YORK - Rapper G. Dep will spend at least 15 years in prison after being convicted of a 1993 New York killing. The case was reopened when he went to police to say he'd shot someone years earlier. The 37-year-old rapper got the minimum sentence Tuesday for his... more »
  • Wall Street's " bad boy" sentenced

    May 3, 2012 5:48 PM

    NEW YORK - A former investment manager known as Wall Street's "bad boy" has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Ross Mandell was sentenced in New York on Thursday for his conviction on charges he defrauded U.S. and European investors of $140 million. He was convicted last year on... more »
  • Former nurse to be sentenced for sexual battery

    May 3, 2012 6:54 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A former Rapides Regional Medical Center nurse who was found guilty last month in the sexual battery of a sleeping patient will be sentenced Friday in state court in Alexandria. Phillip Wayne Raines of Deville faces up to 10 years in prison without parole. Judge Thomas... more »
  • Inmate sentenced for threatening president

    April 27, 2012 7:56 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Minaldi has sentenced a federal prison inmate to five years for writing a threatening letter to President Barack Obama. Federal court documents say Carlton Neil Norah was incarcerated at the Oakdale Correctional Complex when he wrote the letter. Norah's defense attorney asked the... more »
  • Unruly passenger sentenced

    March 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    ST. LOUIS - An Illinois man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for trying to open a passenger jet door in mid-flight. 34-year-old Reynel Alcaide of Burbank, Illinois plead guilty to interference with flight crew members and attendents. He was also sentence to three years of supervised release... more »
  • Denham Springs man sentenced for money laundering

    February 9, 2012 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge sentenced a Denham Springs man today to nearly four years in jail for money laundering and bank fraud. Steven Harold Loga, 42, pleaded guilty earlier to those charges. He was accused of using his seafood wholesale business to get fraudulent credit advances... more »
  • Unregistered sex offender sentenced to 21 months in prison

    February 3, 2012 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The United States Department of Justice sent a strong message to unregistered sex offenders Friday by sentencing a convicted child pornographer who didn't register to 21 months in prison. Noel Carlson, 38, of Mesa, Arizona will be supervised for five years after release . In... more »
  • West Monroe man sentenced for killing bald eagle

    January 5, 2012 3:10 PM

    A West Monroe man was sentenced on Jan. 3 for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in the Federal Western District Court of Louisiana in Monroe. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes ordered Jeffrey M. Miles, 23, to pay a $2,525 fine, and serve three years of unsupervised... more »
  • Suspected serial killer given life in prison

    December 14, 2011 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge formally sentenced suspected serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory to life in prison today for strangling Renee Newman in 2002. Prosecutors linked Guillory to the case using DNA found under Newman's fingernails. He was convicted of second-degree murder in the case, which carries a... more »
  • Convicted killer to be sentenced Wednesday

    December 14, 2011 3:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Jeffery Lee Guillory will return to court today for sentencing after he was found guilty of second-degree murder in September. Guillory is charged with the murder of Renee Newman, who was found strangled to death in 2002. Prosecutors linked Guillory to Newman using DNA evidence... more »
  • Ex-cop gets 5 years, max for shootings cover-up

    December 1, 2011 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former police officer has been sentenced to the maximum five years in prison for his role in covering up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon on Thursday sentenced Robert Barrios, one of five... more »
  • Man sentenced for lying about Katrina shootings

    September 14, 2011 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A man who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about what he saw near a New Orleans bridge where police shot unarmed residents after Hurricane Katrina has been sentenced to 8 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan on Wednesday also sentenced Marion David Ryder... more »
  • Ex-mayor of Richwood to be sentenced Monday

    January 23, 2011 12:48 PM

    RICHWOOD, La.- A former northeastern Louisiana mayor is scheduled for sentencing Monday after being convicted of malfeasance in office. Ed Harris was found guilty in October on a charge that stems from $90,000 the mayor allegedly paid himself and other town employees as he prepared to leave office in... more »
  • Fmr. St. John Parish president sentenced

    January 20, 2011 10:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Fmr. St. John Parish President William "Bill" Hubbard was sentenced in federal court to 42 months in prison for conspiracy to solicit and receive bribes. Hubbard was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, serve three years supervised release and to perform 250 hours of community service to... more »
  • Man gets life in prison for role in drug ring

    December 15, 2010 4:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A New Orleans man has been given a life sentence for his role in a heroin and cocaine ring. Rodney Bolton was sentenced in federal court today. U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Englehardt also gave Bolton a four-year sentence for three counts of using a telephone to... more »
  • Man sentenced in crash that killed woman

    December 9, 2010 7:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for a September 2009 car crash that killed an 82-year-old Baton Rouge woman. State District Judge Lou Daniel called Deven Newton a "danger to the public" on Wednesday and ordered him to pay more than $3,900... more »
  • Man sentenced on bribery charge

    November 19, 2010 5:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Destrehan engineer has been sentenced to six months in federal prison and fined $20,000 after pleading guilty to bribing a former St. John the Baptist Parish president. Ray A. Davezac admitted paying a $5,000 bribe to former parish President William Hubbard. He admitted owning and operating... 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 »
  • La. woman sentenced for theft of $1.6M

    October 22, 2010 4:33 AM

    Federal prosecutors say a 71-year-old woman has been sentenced in federal court to two years in prison for stealing about $1.6 million from the construction company she worked for. Faye Laurent of Prairieville was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady. Laurent was ordered to pay $1 million... more »
  • Gonzales man gets 7 years in fatal wreck

    October 21, 2010 7:47 AM

    A Gonzales man has been sentenced to seven years in prison on charges stemming from a deadly wreck on Christmas morning nearly two years ago in Ascension Parish. Prosecutors say Antonio Morales Arias was driving the wrong way down Airline Highway when he hit another car head-on. Sharie... more »
  • Authorities say Cook overpowered guards, escaped restraints

    October 19, 2010 10:35 AM

    Authorities say a man about to be sentenced to life in prison was able to overpower a deputy and get out his restraints before escaping into downtown Baton Rouge. Demond Cook was being taken to court in Baton Rouge by Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s deputies when he made his escape this... more »
  • La. man gets 5 years in deputy shootings

    October 19, 2010 8:04 AM

    A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting two detectives when they tried to execute a search warrant at his home in 2008. Ellis Henry Jr. pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on a police officer with a firearm. Authorities say Henry... more »
  • Man gets 5 years for attempted sexual battery

    October 18, 2010 5:32 AM

    A Ragley man has been sentenced to five years on a sexual assault charge involving a girl who was 3 years old at the time. Robert Williams Bell had been charged with sexual battery and aggravated rape, though he was convicted on a lesser count of attempted sexual battery. Bell... more »
  • Times Square attempted bomber gets life sentence

    October 5, 2010 10:19 AM

    The Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, a mandatory penalty that left him defiant as ever. The judge who sentenced him determined to send a message to anyone who might want to follow in his... more »
  • Lacombe woman sentenced in Katrina fraud case

    September 24, 2010 6:40 AM

    A Lacombe woman has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for two felony counts of theft of government funds she obtained after Hurricane Katrina. According to court documents, in 2005 Denise Stobaugh and her husband applied for a loan from the SBA based on damage purportedly... more »
  • Man sentenced for making bomb threat

    September 24, 2010 6:36 AM

    A 26-year-old White Castle man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for making a false bomb threat at a petroleum refinery. Michael Miller pleaded guilty in June to phoning in the threat to security workers at the Marathon refinery in Garyville last year. Miller was a contractor who... more »
  • Former New Orleans officer sentenced in bridge shootings

    September 22, 2010 2:56 PM

    A former New Orleans police detective who admitted he helped cover up deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina, has been sentenced to three years in prison. Jeffrey Lehrmann is one of five former officers who pleaded guilty in the probe of the Danziger Bridge shootings. Two... more »
  • Leesville teacher's aide sentenced for sex with student

    September 8, 2010 9:03 AM

    A female teacher's aide who admitted having sex with a 15-year-old student has been sentenced to seven years at hard labor, with four years of that suspended. Kendra Hoffpauir pleaded guilty in Vernon Parish to two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one of carnal knowledge. She also... more »
  • Mother sentenced in death of son

    August 27, 2010 7:16 AM

    Holly A. Brewer has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleaded guilty in June to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Her son, 18-month-old John Thomas Anthony Brewer, died from injuries inflicted by her boyfriend, Jeffery Denby, on June 22, 2009. Denby was sentenced to life in prison in... more »
  • Ex-LSU officer gets 18 months in prison

    August 27, 2010 6:04 AM

    Former LSU Police Officer Thomas Eugene Fife has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of child pornography that a prosecutor said included images of children being raped by adults. Fife was also fined $10,000 and ordered to serve 10 years of post-prison supervision. Fife served 21 years... more »
  • BR woman gets more than 10 years in federal drug case

    August 26, 2010 5:31 PM

    A Baton Rouge woman has been sentenced to more than ten years in federal prison for taking part in what prosecutors say was one of the largest cocaine distribution rings in the area. Thirty three-year-old Kenya Bunard Smith pleaded guilty to cocaine distribution charges in March 2009. Her arrest and... more »
  • Former Monroe lawyer sentenced for felony theft

    August 26, 2010 7:24 AM

    A former Monroe attorney has been sentenced to seven years hard labor on each of six counts of felony theft of funds belonging to his former clients. However, all but two years of the seven-year sentence were suspended. Bernard Grenrood was sentenced to five years probation and ordered him pay... more »
  • Monroe mother gets 10 years in son's death

    August 20, 2010 8:46 AM

    A Monroe woman has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the beating death of her 11-month-old son. Geveva Mott was sentenced Thursday in state district court in Monroe. Mott, who was 20 years old at the time of the crime, was convicted of one count of second-degree cruelty... more »
  • Metairie man gets 45-year term in slaying

    August 20, 2010 7:02 AM

    A 33-year-old Metairie man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for storming into his former girlfriend's Baton Rouge home, shooting her and killing her new boyfriend. An East Baton Rouge Parish jury found John Burks II guilty in March of manslaughter and aggravated battery in the killing of... more »
  • Leesville man gets jail time for arson

    August 20, 2010 5:51 AM

    A Leesville man convicted of starting four fires in Vernon Parish has been sentenced to jail time and fined $1,000. Derrell Wayne Westmoreland was ordered to serve six years in prison and pay the fine and court costs. The prison sentence was suspended, but Westmoreland will serve one year in... more »
  • Woman gets house arrest in murder for hire case

    August 19, 2010 8:45 AM

    A 46-year-old Eunice woman has been sentenced to three years' house arrest after agreeing to plead no contest to charges of attempting to hire a hit man to kill her estranged husband and his new girlfriend. The judge says the victims Logan Fournerat and Lori Beth Johnson requested the home... more »
  • Former video store employee gets 40 years

    August 17, 2010 7:55 AM

    An ex-employee of a video game store has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for robbing other video stores. Gregory Reaux was fired from a GameStop store in Hammond in 2008. Four GameStop stores were robbed in 2009 in St. Tammany Parish by a man using a box cutter... more »
  • 3 get prison for bribery scheme

    July 30, 2010 5:50 AM

    A former employee of Louisiana's transportation department and two former employees of a contractor on a $72 million highway project have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a bribery scheme. Former state employee, Jeffery Martin Bentley, was sentenced to five years in prison. The contractor's former employees, Albert... more »
  • La. man gets 5 years for DUIs

    July 29, 2010 7:59 AM

    A 48-year-old Louisiana man with 17 prior DUI arrests has been sentenced to five years without parole for felony drunken driving. Jimmy D. Graves Jr. of Gonzales was arrested May 11, 2009, for driving with a blood-alcohol content level twice 0.08 percent legal limit. more »
  • La. man gets 30 years for Ponzi scheme

    July 23, 2010 4:58 AM

    A Louisiana businessman who pleaded guilty to defrauding about 180 mostly elderly investors out of nearly $20 million in a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Matthew Pizzolato agreed to pay more than $15 million in restitution before he was sentenced. Pizzolato pleaded guilty to fraud,... more »
  • St. Louis man sentenced to death in La.

    July 8, 2010 6:50 AM

    Dacarius Holliday has been formally sentenced to death for fatally beating his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in 2007. An East Baton Rouge Parish jury convicted the 33-year-old Holliday of first-degree murder in March. Three days later, the same jurors recommended that Holliday die by lethal injection for the killing of Darian... more »
  • Ex-Feliciana official gets prison time

    June 29, 2010 6:26 AM

    A former East Feliciana Parish police juror accused of hitting a former girlfriend with a small board and his fist has been sentenced to one year in prison. State District Judge Tony Marabella immediately remanded Chris Ferguson Sr. Monday to the custody of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office... more »
  • Ex-pharmacist gets prison for prescription scam

    June 25, 2010 5:41 AM

    A former pharmacist who pleaded guilty to filling fraudulent prescriptions for an illegal Internet drug company has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Fifty-six--year-old Paul Williams owned the Grand Couteau Prescription Shoppe in his hometown, Grand Couteau. Federal prosecutors said a Panamanian company paid Williams more than $881,000 to... more »
  • Ex-N.O. official sentenced to almost 22 years

    June 25, 2010 5:37 AM

    A federal judge has sentenced a former member of the governing body of New Orleans' Sewerage and Water Board to nearly 22 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk on Thursday sentenced Benjamin Edwards Sr. to 21 years and 10 months for wire fraud and tax evasion and... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge teacher sentenced to jail

    June 24, 2010 2:59 PM

    A former teacher in Baton Rouge, who pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with a student is headed to jail. Ray Clement was arrested at Redemptorist High School back in 2007. Investigators say Clement brought the 15 year-old girl to his apartment where he touched and kissed her. ... more »
  • Belle Chasse man sentenced for Road Home fraud

    June 24, 2010 6:38 AM

    A 62-year-old Belle Chasse man has been sentenced to six months in a halfway house and six months of home confinement for making false statements in an application he made for disaster help following Hurricane Katrina. Thomas G. Steele Jr. was also ordered to serve three years probation, pay a... more »
  • Health care worker sentenced in Medicaid fraud

    June 11, 2010 5:34 AM

    A New Orleans man has been sentenced to four months in prison following his guilty plea to health care fraud. Taurus Robinson pleaded guilty in February to creating false time sheets and daily schedules for personal care services for two years as part of his work with A New Beginning... more »
  • Mississippi man sentenced in Road Home fraud

    June 4, 2010 5:05 AM

    A man from Mississippi has been sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to one count of making false statements to a federal agency. Wayne L. Manning was sentenced to five years probation for a fraudulent application he made to the Louisiana Road Home Program after Hurricane Katrina. Manning also... more »
  • Woman stored cocaine in bags of dog food

    May 29, 2010 10:40 AM

    A 59-year-old Texas woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for possessing six pounds of cocaine in dog food bags in her trunk. Rhonda Goodson, of Cleveland, Texas, was convicted April 21 of possessing more than 400 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute. She was sentenced... more »
  • Ex-biller sentenced to 37 months

    May 28, 2010 5:40 AM

    A former account manager for a medical billing service has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison. Nikkie LaFleur, of Lake Charles, will have to pay about $621,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to three counts of health care fraud. Prosecutors say LaFleur embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars... more »
  • Man gets over 12 years for bank heist

    May 28, 2010 5:35 AM

    Darryl Palmore from New Orleans faces over 12 years in federal prison for bank robbery. Palmore received a 151-month sentence for a heist at a Capital One bank office in New Orleans. While fleeing, a security dye packet went off, forcing him to drop most of the money. He was... more »
  • Man gets 45-year prison sentence for attempted rape

    May 20, 2010 6:13 AM

    An Ascension Parish man convicted of attempted aggravated rape was sentenced to 45 years in prison. John Ryan Stephens of Prairieville, who remained a fugitive more than five years, was featured on the "America's Most Wanted" TV show days before he was recognized and captured in April 2008. Prosecutors had... more »

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