Man wanted for armed robbery detained in East Baton Rouge

Derick Shelbia who was wanted by the APSO for armed robbery, aggravated flight was arrested on the afternoon of Nov. 16 in Baton Rouge. He will be transported to the Ascension Parish Jail at a later date.

Gonzales woman found guilty of second degree battery

On Nov. 16, an Ascension Parish Jury found Jennifer Davenport, age 29, of Gonzales, guilty of second degree battery. Davenport was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Amy Colby and Joni Buquoi. Presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. The conviction stems after a physical altercation in November 2014.

On Nov. 9, 2014, officers with the Gonzales Police Department were dispatched to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales in reference to a battery that had taken place just the night before at a Gonzales apartment complex. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the female victim in this matter who advised that she was attacked by another female while at a get together with friends. The victim advised that while at the get together, she was involved in a verbal altercation with Jennifer Davenport. After a short time, the altercation became physical. During the course of the physical altercation, the victim had her hair pulled and was hit and kicked in the face by Davenport. The victim then left and walked to her nearby apartment. The victim advised that she was in pain and showed signs of facial swelling and bruising. The victim was evaluated and treated for moderate injuries. As a result of these injuries, the victim underwent surgery several days later. An arrest warrant was issued for Davenport and she was booked into the Ascension Parish Detention Center on the charge of second degree battery.

Per Judge Verdigets, sentencing was deferred to a later date. Davenport was granted a bond in the amount of $10,000 and was given 24 hours to post it. Davenport is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on Dec. 12. She faces up to eight years in prison.

Morgan City man gets jail time on Assumption Parish drug charges

On Nov. 15, Drake Geisler of Morgan City, age 22, pleaded guilty to the charges of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Theft Valued at $750 or more, but Less than $5000, Conspiracy to Commit Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Conspiracy to Commit Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution. Geisler was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This plea was a result of a plea agreement with the prosecuting attorney.

On Jan. 15, 2015 while on patrol in the Bayou L’Ourse area, an Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a GMC pickup truck after observing the vehicle traveling on La. 662 in the rain with no headlights. Upon initiating the stop, deputies made contact with the driver of the vehicle who was identified as Drake Geisler. Deputies asked Geisler if there was anything on his person or in his vehicle that they needed to know about. Geisler then gave deputies consent to search the vehicle. Deputies did a brief pat down of Geisler for officer safety. During the pat down, deputies located a small plastic baggie containing heroin in Geisler’s pant pocket. During a search of the vehicle, deputies also located 2 Clonazepam pills, which Geisler was not legally in possession of. Geisler was subsequently arrested on charges including Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance.

Upon arrival at the Assumption Parish Detention Center, Geisler was strip searched to assure that there were no more illegal items on his person. During the search, a small plastic baggie containing marijuana fell from Geisler’s buttocks area. Geisler was then additionally charged with Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution.

On May 29, agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries observed the operator of a boat on an Assumption Parish waterway commit a boating violation. Agents stopped the boat and made contact with the operator who was identified as Drake Geisler. During the stop, agents noticed that Geisler appeared to be very nervous. When asked if there were any illegal items in the boat, Geisler admitted that he was in possession of illegal narcotics. Agents were able to locate a small quantity of methamphetamine in the boat operated by Geisler. Geisler was then arrested on charges including Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance.

On May 19, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Bayou L’Ourse regarding a theft. Upon making contact with the victim, it was learned that an unknown male subject was observed taking a purse containing miscellaneous items from under the victim’s carport. Through further investigation, deputies were able to determine that Drake Geisler was responsible for the theft. On July 26, 2016, Geisler was arrested on a warrant for the charge of Theft Valued at $750 or more, but less than $5000.

On Sept. 28, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officers located a suspicious package outside of the parish detention center. Upon taking possession of the package, detectives were contacted and observed the items in the package. The package contained multiple items including marijuana, tobacco, rolling papers, and cigarettes. Through the course of an in depth investigation, detectives learned that Drake Geisler, who was incarcerated at the time, had been in contact with individuals outside of the facility in attempt to smuggle contraband into the jail. Geisler was subsequently booked on the charges of Criminal Conspiracy to Possess a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Criminal Conspiracy to Possess or Introduce Contraband into a Penal Institution.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charges as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Geisler be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor for a total of eight years. On the charge of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Geisler was sentenced to eight years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance, Geisler was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Geisler was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Geisler was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Theft Valued at $750 or more, but Less Than $5,000, Geisler was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Conspiracy to Commit Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Geisler was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Conspiracy to Commit Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Geisler was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. All of the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

Grand Jury indicts Denham Springs man for Second Degree Murder

On Nov. 18, an Ascension Parish Grand jury returned a True Bill of Indictment on Justin Smith, 35, of Denham Springs, on the charge of Second Degree Murder.

Smith is accused of brutally beating Dusty Lawless, 41, of Ascension Parish in August of this year. Smith, who was originally arrested on battery charges, has been formally charged with Second Degree Murder after the victim succumbed to her injuries.

Smith remains incarcerated at the Ascension Parish Detention Center awaiting arraignment. Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi is the lead prosecutor on this case.

Two Ascension men indicted on Second Degree Murder Charges

On Nov. 18, an Ascension Parish Grand Jury returned a True Bill of Indictment for Second Degree Murder charges on both Kevin Ross, age 18, and Jamar Jones, age 18, both of Gonzales.

Ross and Jones were arrested in connection with the July shooting death of Alex Rubio, age 18. Rubio was a resident of Gonzales and attended East Ascension High School. Nearly two days after family members had seen Rubio, his body was discovered in the New River Canal near Cornerview Road in Gonzales.

Ross and Jones both remain incarcerated at the Ascension Parish Detention Center awaiting arraignment. Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi is the lead prosecutor on this case.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of Nov. 14 to Nov. 18, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James. St. James Parish had no court news to report.

Ascension Parish

Keith Gayden, 39145 W. Worthey St., Gonzales, age 49, pleaded guilty to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and was sentenced to eight years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Braxton Lott, 17797 Airline Highway, Gonzales, age 24, pleaded guilty to Cruelty to Juveniles and was sentenced to one year in the parish jail with credit for time served.

Orshandon Harris, 2355 N. Exchange Alley, Lutcher, age 43, pleaded guilty to Felony Simple Criminal Damage to Property and Simple Criminal Trespassing. On the charge of Felony Simple Criminal Damage to Property, the defendant was sentenced to two years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on two years supervised probation. On the charge of Simple Criminal Trespassing, the defendant was sentenced to 30 days in the parish jail with credit for time served, to be suspended. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

Torrie Lacey, 43204 La. 933, Prairieville, age 35, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance. The defendant was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count, to be suspended, and placed on two years supervised probation. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

Sonia Todd, 711 Duke St., Morgan City, age 38, pleaded guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Brandon Henry, 10474 Acy Road, St. Amant, age 23, pleaded guilty to Illegal Possession of Stolen Things and was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 18 months supervised probation.

Rodney Morris, 11457 La. 431, St. Amant, age 23, pleaded guilty to Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms and was sentenced to 36 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 18 months supervised probation.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joni Buquoi and Amy Colby. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.

Assumption Parish

Kendell Jones, 204 Maple St., Labadieville, age 34, pleaded guilty to Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Lawrence Watkins, 1237 Pace Blvd., New Orleans, age 40, pleaded guilty to Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and was sentenced to two years at hard labor with credit for time served.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.