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  • Catholic diocese says late bishop guilty of abuse

    April 12, 2014 11:43 PM

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - A former Dutch Catholic bishop, who died last year, was guilty of sexual abuse decades ago when he was a chaplain and teacher in the southern Netherlands, his diocese has acknowledged, in the latest abuse scandal to hit the church. An organization of victims of... more »
  • 10 years for guilty plea to abusing stolen puppy

    April 5, 2014 6:15 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A state judge says a 21-year-old Lake Charles man must serve more than four years of a 10-year sentence for stealing and abusing a puppy. Tyler Scott Sanders pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated cruelty to animals and theft of an animal. KPLC-TV quotes law enforcement... more »
  • Ohio man pleads guilty to possession of child porn

    February 3, 2014 6:22 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, La., to possessing child pornography in an Alexandria hotel. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 40-year-old Dwayne Dunlavy, of Ravenna, Ohio, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell. The Town Talk reports... more »
  • La. man pleads guilty in plot to import steroids

    January 31, 2014 4:52 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Jennings man has pleaded guilty to plotting to illegally import and distribute anabolic steroids. Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Christopher Paul Benoit faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine following his guilty plea Thursday to a conspiracy charge. His... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to receiving child porn

    December 12, 2013 9:07 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A Downsville man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana says 33-yeaer-old Randy A. Powell, who was arrested in October, pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L.... more »
  • Gonzales councilman found guilty of misdemeanor

    December 12, 2013 9:00 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - Gonzales City Councilman Timothy Vessel Sr. has been convicted of misdemeanor attempted theft of utilities in a six-hour trial. The Advocate reports Judge Marilyn Lambert fined Vessel $100 plus court costs on Wednesday. If he fails to pay the fine by Feb. 12, he will have... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to illegally burning waste tires

    October 25, 2013 6:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 70-year-old Evangeline Parish man arrested in March for illegally burning waste tires has pleaded guilty in state court. The state Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that Leroy Hardy, of Basile, entered a plea to one felony count of disposing of a substance which... more »
  • Former Livingston deputy pleads guilty to felony

    October 23, 2013 9:41 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - A former Livingston Parish sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. The state Attorney General's Office tells The Advocate 38-year-old Clarence Brister, of Denham Springs, was set for trial Monday but chose... more »
  • Lake Charles woman pleads guilty to wire fraud

    October 1, 2013 9:23 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 60-year-old woman accused of stealing more than $500,000 from her employer has pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley's office said Monday that Carol A. Thrasher, of Lake Charles, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik... more »
  • New Orleans man pleads guilty to theft

    August 29, 2013 4:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 48-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to stealing Social Security benefits to which he was not entitled. U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente's office says Cristino Nunez entered the plea Wednesday to theft of government funds before U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan. According to court... more »
  • Woman pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot

    August 15, 2013 9:28 AM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A woman charged with hiring three men to kill her husband avoided the death penalty when she pleaded guilty in a St. Tammany Parish courtroom to first-degree murder. The Times-Picayune reports 45-year-old Gina Scramuzza was sentenced by Judge August Hand Wednesday to life in prison without... more »
  • Marrero woman pleads guilty to financial-aid fraud

    July 26, 2013 9:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Marrero woman has pleaded guilty to federal financial-aid fraud during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Lance Africk. The Times-Picayune reports Africk set Shanera Washington-Sylve's sentencing for Oct. 24. She was charged last month with lying about her marital status when applying for financial... more »
  • Jury finds man guilty in Baker slayings

    July 26, 2013 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A jury deliberated less than an hour before finding a man guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her male friend at the friend's home in Baker. The Advocate reports an East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
  • Inmates plead guilty in assault on another inmate

    July 26, 2013 6:54 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Two inmates have pleaded guilty to assaulting another inmate at the federal prison in central Louisiana. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 48-year-old Ernest Prado and 33-year-old Gumaro Lopez, both inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, entered pleas Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Dee E.... more »
  • Ex-teacher pleads guilty in sex case with student

    July 12, 2013 10:04 AM

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - A 48-year-old Metairie woman who as an Archbishop Chapelle High School teacher had a three-month sexual relationship with a 17-year-old senior has been sentenced to two years of probation. The Times-Picayune reports Jeannine Seoane averted her trial Thursday by pleading guilty as charged to prohibited sexual... more »
  • Dickerson found guilty of second-degree murder

    June 25, 2013 8:54 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Calcasieu Parish jury has convicted a 31-year-old man of second-degree murder in the stabbing death at a DeQuincy motel. The American Press reports a jury deliberated just over an hour Monday before finding Jon Talbert Dickerson guilty in the death of 51-year-old Darrell Schaub.... more »
  • 2 plead guilty in wastewater disposal case

    June 25, 2013 8:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Morgan City wastewater brokerage firm and its owners have pleaded guilty to illegally disposing of industrial wastewater in Baton Rouge and Belle River, The Advocate reports RAM Environmental Services Inc. and owners Raymond Marcel Jr., of Berwick, and Cyril D. Robicheaux, of Morgan City, pleaded... more »
  • Truck driver pleads guilty to mail theft

    May 23, 2013 9:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a driver hired to transport mail admitted to stealing parcels from the post office in Gray. The Courier reports 49-year-old Joel Raymond Polaski, of Thibodaux, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 after pleading guilty Wednesday... more »
  • Ex-Monroe Councilman Arthur Gilmore found guilty

    May 17, 2013 9:05 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Former Monroe City Councilman Arthur Gilmore has been convicted of racketeering and not guilty of extortion in federal court in Shreveport. The New-Star reports U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter, who presided over the four day trial, set sentencing for Sept. 26t. Gilmore faces up to... more »
  • Illegal firearms suspect pleads guilty to 1 count

    May 17, 2013 8:55 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - A Houma man has pleaded guilty in federal court to receiving and having an unregistered firearm. The Courier reports 62-year-old Michael J. Hebert was arrested in August after police evacuated several buildings at his apartment complex as they investigated whether he had bombs. Hebert entered his... more »
  • Couple pleads guilty in fire department theft

    April 18, 2013 8:49 AM

    Prosecutors say a St. Amant couple accused last year of stealing money from the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department has pleaded guilty to theft counts after having paid restitution of more than $63,000. The Advocate reports 34-year-old Aaron Lee Gautreaux, of St. Amant, pleaded guilty to one count of felony... more »
  • Vidalia man pleads guilty to illegal discharges

    April 17, 2013 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 58-year-old Vidalia man has pleaded guilty to his role in the illegal discharges of pollutants into state waters in Cameron Parish. Carr William Brown, a field technician for T&F Oil, a Mandeville-based company owned by his brother, Lobdell Brown, entered the plea Tuesday in... more »
  • N.O. man pleads guilty to stealing federal funds

    February 22, 2013 8:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving Social Security benefits intended for his late mother. Forty-year-old Lam Nguyen (win) faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea Thursday to theft of government funds. Federal... more »
  • Man found guilty in S. Africa honeymoon slaying

    November 19, 2012 7:03 AM

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - A South African accused of being the triggerman in the 2010 honeymoon slaying of a Swedish bride has been found guilty. Judge Robert Henney gave his verdict Monday in the trial of Xolile Mngeni, arrested for the killing of 28-year-old Anni Dewani. Prosecutors say... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman guilty of child cruelty

    October 26, 2012 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An East Baton Rouge Parish jury deliberated just 15 minutes before unanimously finding a St. Gabriel woman guilty in a child cruelty case involving her young stepson. The boy, who will turn 5 in December, was rushed to a Baton Rouge hospital in August 2009... more »
  • Guilty plea in Katrina home repair case

    August 1, 2012 5:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A contractor has pleaded guilty in federal court in a plot to steal federal grant funds earmarked for a Hurricane Katrina home repair program operated by a New Orleans city agency. Richard Hall of Harvey pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal conspiracy count, along with a... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in embezzlement case

    July 13, 2012 6:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 69-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of theft of government funds. U.S Attorney Jim Letten's office says Robert P. McFarland entered the plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon. McFarland, as executive director of New Orleans... more »
  • Former bank manager pleads guilty to embezzlement

    July 12, 2012 6:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says a former manager of a Whitney Bank branch in Metairie has admitted stealing more than $56,000 from the bank. He says 50-year-old Karen Sork pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank theft, and could get up to 10 years in prison and $250,000... more »
  • Man found guilty in deaths of mother, son

    May 23, 2012 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge man has been convicted of manslaughter in the AK-47 assault rifle shooting deaths of a mother and her son outside their Baton Rouge home in 2009. The Advocate reports an East Baton Rouge Parish jury of nine women and three men deliberated... more »
  • Man found guilty in wife's death

    May 18, 2012 9:09 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Rapides Parish jury has convicted a Tioga man of second-degree murder of his wife, who was shot to death in May 2010. The Town Talk reports the jury of nine women and three men deliberated 50 minutes before finding Joseph Anton Chehardy Jr. guilty. Authorities... more »
  • Man guilty of negligent homicide in son's death

    May 16, 2012 9:09 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A West Monroe man has been convicted of negligent homicide in the death of his 2-month-old son, who was killed in June 2009. After about five hours of deliberation on Tuesday, The News-Star reports the jury came back with the guilty verdict that could put Chase... more »
  • Couple pleads guilty in toddler's death

    May 11, 2012 9:08 AM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - A couple scheduled to stand trial in the 2007 fatal beating of the woman's 16-month-old daughter have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. A West Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Jeremy Jordan and Shaelsie Jason in November 2010 on counts of principal to second-degree murder... more »
  • La. man pleads guilty to odometer tampering

    May 4, 2012 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to tampering with the odometers of high-mileage vehicles he purchased online and from wholesale automobile auctions in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Beau Michael Guidry, owner of Affordable Imports in Denham Springs, pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of... more »
  • Miss. woman pleads guilty to using bogus checks

    May 3, 2012 5:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mississippi woman has pleaded guilty in New Orleans to using counterfeit bank checks to purchase vehicles from several dealerships in southeast Louisiana. Twenty-six-year-old Gina Seawright, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following her... more »
  • Ex-postal worker pleads guilty to theft

    May 2, 2012 8:04 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former U.S. Postal Service worker has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing money from the Jefferson Street Post Office in Lafayette. Between July 2009 and February 2010, court documents say Natalie Thomas stole between $1,000 and $17,662 while working at a retail service window.... more »
  • Man found guilty of federal drug counts

    April 26, 2012 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A man facing murder charges in Baton Rouge state court has been found guilty in federal court on charges that he illegally possessed drugs and pistols in a home that also contained $19,000 in cash. The Advocate reports Reginald G. Youngblood remains in custody after... more »
  • Guilty plea in Thibodaux tire slashing case

    April 19, 2012 9:31 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - One of the men accused of slashing the tires of Thibodaux Police vehicles parked outside the department last year has pleaded guilty. The Daily Comet reports that Jonathan Watkins pleaded guilty to 11 counts of property damage and will serve two years in jail. The plea... more »
  • 4 plead guilty in plot to defraud company

    April 11, 2012 7:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four men have pleaded guilty in New Orleans in a plot to fraudulently bill an oil industry service company. Three of the defendants - Larry Collins, of Golden Meadow, Richard Autin, of Houma, and Kevin Larousse, of Hattiesburg, Miss. - face prison terms of up to... more »
  • Woman pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

    April 10, 2012 9:48 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 39-year-old Pineville woman has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the October 2011 death of a prison inmate on work detail. The Town Talk reports Kellie Geisel also pleaded guilty to vehicular negligent injury on Monday. She will be sentenced April 27 by state district... more »
  • Rig manager pleads guilty to lying about tests

    April 6, 2012 10:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mississippi man who worked as manager on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has pleaded guilty to lying about testing on a key safety device. Forty-nine-year-old Donald Hudson, of Walnut Grove, Miss., faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison following his... more »
  • Man found guilty in death

    April 2, 2012 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jurors deliberated less than an hour before unanimously finding Franklin Meredith Jr. guilty in the 2010 rape and murder of a 29-year-old Zachary woman whose body was found in Monte Sano Bayou. The Advocate reports an East Baton Rouge Parish jury of five women and... more »
  • La. company pleads guilty in pollution probe

    March 29, 2012 9:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Houma company has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act in a pollution case investigated by state and federal authorities. CTCO Shipyard of Louisiana LLC faces a maximum fine of $500,000 and up to five years of probation following its guilty plea Tuesday. Its... more »
  • Jury finds man guilty of manslaughter

    March 23, 2012 9:51 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Calcasieu Parish jury has found David A. Nelson guilty of manslaughter, a lesser offense than the one he was charged with. The American Press reports Nelson, originally charged with second-degree murder, threw the punch that fatally injured 19-year-old Chad Heath on March 28, 2009,... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to theft from naval base store

    March 23, 2012 6:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Covington man has pleaded guilty to a charge he embezzled roughly $50,000 from a store on the Naval Support Activity base in New Orleans. Forty-year-old Gary Massie faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea Thursday... more »
  • Developer pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy

    March 16, 2012 8:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Covington developer has admitted conspiring to get mortgages for bad loan risks. They say the plot was uncovered during investigation of the federal bank bailout program. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says 43-year-old Troy Fouquet pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy... more »
  • Biodiesel maker pleads guilty to illegal dumping

    March 14, 2012 10:21 AM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says a 56-year-old man who made biodiesel at his home in Iberville Parish has pleaded guilty to illegally dumping pollutants into a canal behind his home. DEQ says Tommy M. Francise pleaded guilty in state court this week to dumping... more »
  • N.O. woman pleads guilty in gun smuggling probe

    March 9, 2012 11:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans woman has pleaded guilty to making false statements to firearms dealers in purchasing six guns. Twenty-eight-year-old Irna Lacayo faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the four counts to which she pleaded guilty on... more »
  • Ship operator pleads guilty in pollution probe

    March 9, 2012 11:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The operator of a cargo ship has pleaded guilty in New Orleans to violating federal pollution laws and obstruction of justice. A plea agreement entered Thursday calls for Athens, Greece-based Odysea Carriers to pay a $1.2 million criminal penalty. A community service organization in Louisiana would... more »
  • Pineville man pleads guilty to burning US flags

    March 6, 2012 7:12 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 26-year-old Pineville man has pleaded guilty to three counts of simple arson for burning U.S. flags last year in Alexandria The Town Talk reports the defendant, Ahmed Cathy Khaled, told the judge that he shouldn't have listened to the voices in his head brought on... more »
  • La. tax preparer pleads guilty to tax evasion

    February 10, 2012 9:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana tax preparer has pleaded guilty to preparing and filing false income tax returns for his customers. Sixty-year-old James W. Nelson, of LaPlace, also pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge he failed to pay more than $21,000 in taxes on his own income. Federal prosecutors... more »
  • La. man pleads guilty to stealing $42K in benefits

    February 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An Opelousas man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining disability insurance benefits from the Social Security Administration. Forty-six-year-old Kevin V. Leday faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison following his guilty plea Wednesday in Lafayette to theft and fraud charges. Federal prosecutors say Leday... more »
  • 2 women plead guilty in health care fraud case

    January 25, 2012 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two Pineville women have pleaded guilty to federal charges of health care fraud. Forty-seven-year-old Carla Clark and 57-year-old Lillie Lavan enter that pleas Monday before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Polozola. The women were accused of creating false and misleading medical records and... more »
  • La. woman pleads guilty to stealing from employer

    January 25, 2012 9:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Baton Rouge woman who worked as a bookkeeper for a real estate development firm has pleaded guilty to a charge she embezzled nearly $300,000 from the firm and its owner. Susan Fonte faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison following her guilty plea... more »
  • Lafayette man found guilty in slaying

    January 23, 2012 10:46 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette Parish jury has found Jamal James Carmouche guilty of manslaughter in the September 2010 shooting death of Markus Despanie. The jury deliberated for about three hours Friday before returning an 11-1 verdict in favor of the reduced charge of manslaughter Prosecutor Pat Magee said... more »
  • Peeping Tom pleads guilty to obscenity charge

    January 13, 2012 11:05 AM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - A 24-year-old Brusly man has pleaded guilty to one count of obscenity after authorities caught him on camera peeking into his 16-year-old neighbor's bedroom window. The Advocate reports Charles Kazmir entered his plea Thursday. Col. Richie Johnson, of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, says... more »
  • Hammond man pleads guilty to gambling charge

    January 13, 2012 10:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Hammond, La., man has pleaded guilty to operating an illegal sports betting business and tax evasion. Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Joseph A. Schillace IV has agreed as part of his guilty plea Thursday to pay more than $464,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.... more »
  • Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Case

    October 15, 2011 10:37 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Dallas woman who owned a Shreveport tax preparing service has pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent claims for federal income tax refunds. Forty-one-year-old Letitia C. Scott faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine following her guilty plea Friday to one... more »
  • Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Rape of Girl

    October 5, 2011 12:27 PM

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss (AP) - After she was kidnapped from her home in Slidell, La., driven across the state line into Mississippi, raped on the side of the road then left behind at a gas station, a stranded 11-year-old girl was approached by yet another man. Sean Robertson, 21,... more »
  • Ex-politician guilty in federal corruption retrial

    July 26, 2011 6:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal jurors on Monday convicted a former New Orleans City Council member and state representative of conspiring with allies and family members of an ex-congressman to loot more than $1 million from charities run with taxpayer money. The conviction of 56-year-old Renee Gill Pratt closed a... more »
  • Ohio man pleads guilty in slayings of 3

    April 14, 2011 10:35 AM

    BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty in the slayings of his girlfriend's adult daughter and an elderly couple. Samuel K. Littleton II pleaded guilty on Thursday to three counts of aggravated murder and three counts of abuse... more »
  • Toussaint Guilty Verdict

    April 8, 2011 7:40 PM

    A jury in Evangeline Parish finds 34 year old Ordesto Toussaint guilty of 2nd degree murder. He was charged with three counts: 2nd degree murder, theft of a vehicle and simple arson. The charges were all in connection with the murder of 18 year old Elizabeth Fontenot. She was killed... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to indecent behavior with kids

    March 31, 2011 10:54 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 41-year-old Sulphur man who allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with children attending church-related functions at his home has been sentenced to prison. The American Press reports that Michael Anthony Thibodeaux pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles. One of the... more »
  • Man Pleads Guilty in Restaurant Killing

    March 27, 2011 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In the midst of jury selection, a Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty in a 2006 shooting death of a server at a restaurant. Tracy Young, 33, admitted Friday to fatally shooting Aaron Arnold, an Oliver Garden restaurant server. In exchange for pleading guilty, Young... more »
  • Former corrections officer guilty of bribery

    March 24, 2011 5:46 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La (AP) - A former corrections officer at the federal penitentiary in Pollock has pleaded guilty to bribery and providing prison contraband. Twenty-six-year-old Derrick Stevenson of Moreauville entered his plea on Wednesday. According to testimony at the hearing, Stevenson admitted providing tobacco to a prison inmate for $1,000. Stevenson... more »
  • Ex-bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing $1.7M

    March 24, 2011 5:40 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former bookkeeper for two Louisiana companies has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1.7 million from her employers. Federal prosecutors said 32-year-old Danielle Bodin Guidroz, of Youngsville, used money she stole from Holloway Drilling Equipment Inc. and Holloway Rentals Inc. to open a "ladies boutique"... more »
  • La. man pleads guilty to bribery plot

    February 18, 2011 9:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a former New Orleans city official in a kickback scheme involving contracts for the city's crime surveillance program. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Dwaine Hodges helped a businessman, Mark St. Pierre, funnel payoffs to Anthony Jones, who... more »
  • Ball Mayor, Town Clerk Plead Guilty

    February 6, 2011 1:13 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Two top officials of the Louisiana town of Ball, including the mayor, have pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Federal Emergency Management Agency following Hurricane Gustav in 2008. Mayor Roy Hebron and town clerk Brenda Kimball entered the pleas Saturday in federal court in Alexandria.... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge Worker Sentenced for Theft

    February 1, 2011 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former Baton Rouge City Constable's Office employee has admitted to stealing nearly $30,000 that was paid to the office's garnishment department. 37-year-old Catina Hayman of Zachary pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of felony theft and malfeasance. State District Judge Lou Daniel gave... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to fraud related to oil spill

    January 24, 2011 5:54 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal authorities say a Jackson man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud related to a scheme to collect $90,000 in claims related to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The U.S. attorney's office in Jackson said 39-year-old Dennis L. Moore pleaded guilty in federal court... more »
  • La. man pleads guilty to selling fake Saints gear

    December 22, 2010 6:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Kenner man has pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit New Orleans Saints jerseys at his New Orleans store. Federal agents seized around 58 counterfeit Saints jerseys from 50-year-old Bakir Rajkotwala's store, Big Easy Gifts, on Oct. 27. Prosecutors said the jerseys were worth about $3,500. Rajkotwala... more »
  • Details of Quadruple Slaying

    November 10, 2010 11:46 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Lee Roy Williams, 51, pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder Tuesday, hours after a Calcasieu Parish grand jury indicted him on the charges. State District Judge Kent Savoie imposed four consecutive life sentences, a term agreed to by prosecutors and Williams' defense counsel.... more »
  • Williams Pleads Guilty to Four Counts of Murder

    November 9, 2010 7:10 PM

    Major developments today in the Labor Day quadruple murder out of Lake Charles. Just two-and-a-half months after the brutal killings... the suspect pleads guilty and gets his sentence. This case moved quickly because the families and all parties involved agreed life in prison with no chance of parole was a... more »
  • Former Vinton Police Officer Enters Guilty Plea

    November 9, 2010 12:03 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A former Vinton assistant police chief has pleaded guilty to malfeasance. Chad Porterfield, 35, of Vinton, entered his plea Monday in Lake Charles. Porterfield's sentencing was set for July 6. He faces up to five years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, a... more »
  • Former Avoyelles Parish sheriff, others acquitted

    November 3, 2010 9:42 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Former Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Bill Belt, his wife and his sister have been acquitted of all counts in their federal conspiracy trial. Belt, his wife, Tracy and his sister, Julie Bernard, were found not guilty Wednesday afternoon of alleged crimes related to the operation of a... more »
  • Man Pleads Guilty in Louisiana Police Shooting

    November 3, 2010 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the shooting injury last November of a Baton Rouge police officer working a private security detail. State District Judge Lou Daniel sentenced John L. Butler Tuesday to two years in prison, to be followed by four years of... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans tech chief pleads guilty

    November 1, 2010 9:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former technology chief for the City of New Orleans pleaded guilty Monday in a fraud scheme that prosecutors said brought him more than $860,000 in bribes and kickbacks, paid by a businessman to whom he allegedly steered $4 million in city contracts. Greg Meffert, at... more »
  • Louisiana Man Pleads not Guilty in Infant Son's Death

    October 28, 2010 8:44 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A 38-year-old West Monroe man has pleaded not guilty in the Sept. 16 death of his infant son. James Edward "Juicy" Clampit, who was charged with one count of negligent homicide, entered his plea on Wednesday. Police say the 11-month-old boy's death was attributed to a... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in human trafficking case

    October 20, 2010 10:03 PM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man from Uzbekistan who was accused of running a 14-state human trafficking ring in Kansas City has pleaded guilty to four charges under a plea agreement in which he will serve at least 10 years in federal prison. Abrorkhodja Askarkhodjaev, 31, was facing more... more »
  • 3 men plead guilty to beating calf to death

    October 20, 2010 9:27 PM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Three men have pleaded guilty to stealing a newborn calf and beating it to death after the New Orleans Saints lost to the Dallas Cowboys last year. According to Wednesday's Times-Picayune, Dwayne J. Jenkins, David J. LeBlanc Jr. and Carnie B. Smith stole the 3-day-old calf... more »
  • Flight Attendant in Meltdown Pleads Guilty

    October 19, 2010 10:35 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The former flight attendant whose meltdown landed him in court in New York City has pleaded guilty to attempted criminal mischief and will undergo counseling. Steven Slater appeared in court Tuesday. He will undergo at least a year of counseling and substance-abuse treatment. He will get... more »
  • La. doctor, company owner plead guilty to fraud

    October 4, 2010 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans doctor and the owner of a medical equipment company have pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to submit more than $775,000 in fraudulent Medicare claims. Dr. Dahlia Kirkpatrick and Emmanuel Komandu, owner of Baker-based Alpha Medical Solutions Inc., each face maximum... more »
  • Man Pleads Guilty to 2009 Beating Death

    September 28, 2010 8:53 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 27-year-old Lake Charles man has pleaded guilty to beating another man to death in 2009. Phillips Cooks faces up to 40 years in prison on a charge of manslaughter. Judge Kent Savoie ordered the probation and parole office on Monday to prepare a presentencing... more »
  • Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Chat with Teens

    September 28, 2010 8:00 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Prosecutors say 21-year-old Daniel James Broussard has pleaded guilty in federal court to having used the Internet and his cell phone to have sexual chats with four teenage girls from the Lafayette area. As part of a plea deal, Broussard pleaded guilty Monday to two counts... more »
  • Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

    September 23, 2010 7:08 AM

    VIDALIA, La. - The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed Concordia Parish sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The Natchez Democrat reports 31-year-old Joseph Drummer entered his plea Wednesday and was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor. Drummer had previously pleaded not guilty to the... more »
  • Teen accused of Killing His Parents Pleads Guilty by Reason of Insanity

    September 22, 2010 12:21 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A 15-year-old West Ouachita High School student indicted in the deaths of his parents has pleaded of not guilty by reason of insanity. The News-Star reports the teenager entered his plea Wednesday before state District Judge Daniel Ellender in Monroe. The teen is accused of killing... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in '90 rape, killing

    September 22, 2010 9:45 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - A 43-year-old man arrested nearly four years ago after DNA tied him to the unsolved rape and slaying of a Dutchtown woman in 1990 has pleaded guilty and identified a second man as the person who killed the victim. Ascension Parish prosecutors say Herman Frazier pleaded... more »
  • Tug co. in Mississippi River crash pleads guilty

    September 8, 2010 9:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A company whose towboat was involved in a crash with a tanker that caused a major oil spill on the Mississippi River two years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating vessels with unqualified and overworked captains. DRD Towing Co., a company based a few miles upriver... more »
  • Roger Clemens Pleads Not Guilty

    August 30, 2010 3:35 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying to Congress about whether he used steroids or human growth hormone. When asked for a plea by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, the retired Major League Baseball pitcher said in a clear voice:... more »
  • Louisiana man guilty in deaths of Texas family

    August 26, 2010 9:49 PM

    McKINNEY, Texas (AP) - A jury has convicted a Louisiana man on five counts of manslaughter in the 2008 deaths of a Texas family headed home from church. David Calhoun Jones of Metarie, La., was found guilty Thursday in the Dallas suburb of McKinney. He faces up to 20 years... more »
  • Pineville Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

    August 26, 2010 8:45 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Pineville woman has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in a case that involved using someone else's identity to steal money by opening accounts at various banks and credit card companies. The Town Talk reports that 36-year-old Lanetta Littleton faces... more »
  • State worker pleads guilty in disaster food case

    August 19, 2010 9:33 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 50-year-old woman accused of fraudulently obtaining and using disaster in a lot of trouble. Conand friends after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of government money. Teresa Hawkins, of Baldwin, is the former parish manager of the... more »
  • New not guilty pleas in post-Katrina case

    August 19, 2010 9:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Five current and former New Orleans police officers have pleaded not guilty to a new indictment by a federal grand jury earlier this month. The Times-Picayune reports the officers entered their new pleas on Thursday. The new indictment altered only one charge against former officer David... more »
  • Woman Found Guilty in Death of Boyfriend

    August 19, 2010 9:20 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A jury has found a 47-year-old Lafayette woman guilty of the April 2009 second-degree murder of her live-in boyfriend. Mary Henderson Trahan was found guilty Wednesday in the April 20 shooting death of 32-year-old George Barbu. Assistant District Attorney Daniel M. Landry III said Trahan shot... more »
  • Man Pleads Guilty to ID Theft

    August 18, 2010 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A man alleged to have stolen $150,000 while using the credit information of at least 30 current or retired Baton Rouge police officers has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. In a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, 48-year-old Alton K. Davis, of Baton Rouge, admitted... more »
  • Slaying Suspect Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

    August 18, 2010 7:02 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 19-year-old man accused of killing another Alexandria resident last year has pleaded guilty to manslaughter before his trial was scheduled to begin. Launey Johnson of Alexandria was facing a second-degree murder charge and two counts of attempted second-degree murder before prosecutors accepted a plea on... more »
  • 2 Enter Not Guilty Pleas in Sex Cases

    August 17, 2010 8:53 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Two people recently indicted in unrelated federal child-sex cases have pleaded not guilty in Lafayette federal court. Gueydan Fire Chief Lindsey Troy LeBlanc pleaded innocent Monday to two counts of attempting to receive child pornography and one count of attempting to coerce a minor to engage... more »
  • 4 Plead Guilty in Disaster Food Stamp Cases

    August 17, 2010 7:19 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -Four former state employees have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to disaster food stamp fraud. U.S. District Judge Richard Haik accepted guilty pleas Monday from 46-year-old Angela Gray of New Iberia; 46-year-old Edie Harrison of New Iberia; 54-year-old Paula Bell of Baldwin; and 41-year-old... more »
  • Rapper Juvenile pleads guilty in La. drug case

    August 13, 2010 9:55 PM

    CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - New Orleans rapper Juvenile has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in Louisiana. The St. Bernard Parish sheriff's office says the 34-year-old, whose real name is Terius Gray, entered the plea Thursday. The rapper and an aquaintance were arrested Feb. 25. He received a... more »
  • Juvenile has Pleaded Guilty to a Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession

    August 13, 2010 5:03 PM

    CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - Rap artist Juvenile has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge stemming from his February arrest in St. Bernard Parish. The parish sheriff's office said Friday that Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, entered the plea Thursday before District Judge Manny Fernandez. The judge... more »
  • Man Accused of Shooting at People Pleads Not Guilty

    August 12, 2010 5:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mississippi man who federal prosecutors say fired a shotgun at three black men in a racially-motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina has pleaded not guilty to all five counts he faces. Roland Bourgeois Jr., a 47-year-old white man from Columbia, Miss., is accused of opening fire... more »

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