Posted: Dec 9, 2009 3:09 PM by Press Release
Updated: Dec 9, 2009 3:09 PM
OPELOUSAS, LA- On December 8, 2009, the St. Landry Parish Grand Jury reported to and filed the following with the 27th Judicial District Court, Judge Donald Hebert presiding:
A person convicted of the crime of forcible rape shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than forty years. At least two of the years must be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
2. A True Bill (indictment) was filed against Micah Arceneaux for four counts of malfeasance in office.
3. A True Bill (indictment) was filed against William D. McCauley, Jr., for one count of malfeasance in office.
4. A True Bill (indictment) was filed against Jeremy Ivory for one count of malfeasance in office.
A person convicted of the crime of malfeasance in office shall be sentenced to no more than five years imprisonment for each count.
An indictment (True Bill) is a formal charge by a Grand Jury for the crimes indicated. A Grand Jury consists of twelve residents, with two alternates, who are empanelled by the 27th Judicial District Court. By Louisiana law, the DA's office is prohibited from commenting on the evidence presented to the Grand Jury. Specifically Code of Criminal Procedure Article 434, requires that "...members of the grand jury, and all other persons having confidential access to information concerning grand jury proceedings, shall keep secret the testimony of witnesses and all other matters occurring at, or directly connected with, a meeting of the grand jury..." For this reason there is never a discussion about the evidence upon which the Grand Jury based it findings.