Hayed Pleads Guilty to 2014 Armed Robbery

On April 17, 2017, Kenneth Hayes III of 8056 Gus St. New Orleans, 20, pled guilty to Armed Robbery following the 2014 robbery of a convenience store in Gonzales. Hayes was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

On September 21, 2014, members of the Gonzales Police Department were dispatched to the Murphy Express convenience store located on S Airline Highway in Gonzales. Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that two black males armed with guns approached a store clerk and two customers outside of the store. One of the customers was able to flee the area, but the store clerk and other customer were held at gunpoint. The two subjects escorted the clerk and customer back into the store, and the clerk was forced to take the money from the register and place it into a backpack, all while still at gunpoint. Both subjects fled the area in a 2003 Jeep. The same jeep used in the Gonzales robbery had been stolen during a carjacking in New Orleans approximately 1 hour prior to the robbery. Approximately 30 minutes after the subjects fled the Murphy Express in Gonzales, the two subjects committed another armed robbery at Birdies Food and Fuel located on Belle Terre Blvd. in Laplace. Shortly after fleeing the area of the Laplace robbery, St. John Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were able to locate the getaway vehicle and engaged in a high speed pursuit. T

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge LeBlanc ordered that Hayes be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor for a period of 15 years with credit for time served. It was further ordered that the imposed sentence is to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of April 17-21, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, Parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James.

Ascension Parish

Mark Burke, 4715 Point Claire St., St. Gabriel, 47, pled guilty to Felony Hit and Run and was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on three years supervised probation.

Kenneth Hayes III, 8056 Gus St., New Orleans, 20, pled guilty to Armed Robbery and was sentenced to 15 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. The imposed sentence is to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Christopher Hendricks, 430 W Minor St., Gonzales, 25, pled guilty to Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. The imposed sentence is to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joni Buquoi and Steven Tureau. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc.

Kamron Kelly, 37144 La. 942, Darrow, 35, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance. Kelly was sentenced to four years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

Donnell Bates, 103 Grisaffe Lane, Belle Rose, 28, pled guilty to Simple Burglary and was sentenced to five years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Justin Hill, 616 Holly St., Bunkie, age 32, pled guilty to Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 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.

Michael Jenkins, 9298 La. 22 St. Amant, 43, pled guilty to Forgery and was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 18 months supervised probation and was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,200.

Russel Daigle, 3090 Laifton Lane, Port Allen, 26, pled guilty to Principal to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and was sentenced to four years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Robyn Grosse, 43083 Weber City Road, Gonzales, 33, pled guilty to Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to seven years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Jay Johnson, 41065 La. 42 Prairieville, 35, pled guilty to Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. Per Judge Turner, Sentencing was deferred Pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.

Michael Roddy, 14015 Mazoch Road, Gonzales, 45, pled guilty to Simple Burglary 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.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kenneth Dupaty and Shawn Bush. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner Jr.