During the week of December 4-December 8, 2017, 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:

1. John Cain, 19758 Vicknair Rd. Maurepas, LA., age 33, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 2 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

2. Ronald McKinney, 21866 Perrin Ferry Rd. Springfield, LA., age 28, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 24 months at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 24 months supervised probation.

3. Joshua Williford, 19933 Buckhorn Dr. Zachary, LA., age 35, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 3 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

4. Jeffery Owens, 1542 Silverleaf St. Gonzales, LA., age 47, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance 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.

5. Teodoro Matute, 38216 Debbie St. Prairieville, LA., age 49, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, 2 nd Degree Battery, and Possession of Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle. On the charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and 2nd Degree Battery, the defendant was sentenced to 1 year at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. On the charge of Possession of Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle, the defendant was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail with credit for time served. It was ordered that the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

6. Vernon Therence, 1936 S Ruth St., Gonzales, LA., age 23, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 3 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation.

7. Katie Lessard, 12288 David Lessard St. St. Amant, LA., age 20, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On the charge of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, the defendant was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail with credit for time served. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another. It was further ordered that the said sentence is to be suspended, and the defendant is to be placed on 18 months supervised probation.

8. Jordan Paul Ballard, 3090 Lafaton Lane Port Allen, LA., age 24, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Theft Valued at Less than $500. On the charge of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, the defendant was sentenced to 24 months at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Theft Valued at Less than $500, the defendant was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail with credit for time served. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another. It was further ordered that the said sentence is to be suspended, and the defendant is to be placed on 24 months supervised probation.

9. Rodney Earl, 2228 S Burnside Ave. Gonzales, LA., age 28, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Marijuana. On the charge of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, the defendant was sentenced to 11 ½ months at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Possession of Marijuana, the defendant was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail with credit for time served. It was ordered that the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

10. Sedrick Turner, 620 Catalpa St. Donaldsonville, LA., age 31, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 24 months at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for times served, to be suspended, and placed on 24 months supervised probation.

11. Christopher Westley, 35038 Hwy 1 N. Donaldsonville, LA., age 36, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 5 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation.

12. Jerel Williams, 307 N. Roscoe St. Gonzales, LA., age 29, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Stopping, Standing, or Parking Prohibited in Specific Places, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, and Possession of Marijuana. On the charge of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, the defendant was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charges of Stopping, Standing, or Parking Prohibited in Specific Places, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, and Possession of Marijuana, the defendant was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail on each count with credit for time served. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with another. It was ordered that the said sentence is to be suspended, and the defendant is to be placed on 18 months supervised probation.

13. Taylor Fredrick, 14054 Troy Duplessis Rd. Gonzales, LA., age 34, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 15months at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 15 months supervised probation.

14. Matthew Lynch, 39306 County Dr. Prairieville, LA., age 31, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling. The defendant was sentenced to 3 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count, to run concurrent with one another.

15. Justin Poche, 12997 Dove St. Maurepas, LA., age 24, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 4 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

16. Jason Templet, 2507 Township Rd. Donaldsonville, LA., age 40, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance 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.

17. Matthew Collins, 2321 Ellis Merchant Rd. Moss Point, MS., age 38, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 2 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation.

18. Kenneth Toney, 310 S. Eastern Ave. Rayne, LA., age 31, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 12 months in the parish jail with credit for time served.

19. Omar Zavala, 17872 Old Jefferson Hwy Prairieville, LA., age 38, pled guilty to Forgery (5 counts) and Theft Under $1,000. The defendant was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count, to run concurrent with one another. It was ordered that the said sentence is to be suspended, and the defendant is to be placed on 18 months supervised probation. In addition, the defendant is to pay restitution to the victims in this matter.

20. Jeremy Harris, 515 Charles St. Donaldsonville, LA., age 31, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance 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.

21. Cedric Jupiter, 317 W. Jeansonne St. Gonzales, LA., age 59, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 24 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 24 months supervised probation.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Charles “Chuck” Long and Robin O’Bannon. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.

Assumption Parish:

1. Nicholas Singleton, 1216 Burnside Ave. Gonzales, LA., age 26, pled guilty to Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that 2 years of the said sentence are to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Upon release, Singleton must register and notify as a sex offender or child predator.

The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner Jr.

St. James Parish:

1. Roy Mitchell Jr., 6418 Burton St. St. James, LA., age 31, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 2 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 2 years supervised probation.

2. Allen Joseph Noel, 2178 Church St. Vacherie, LA., age 43, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 2 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 2 years supervised probation.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Bruce Mohon, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner Jr.

3. Jedediah Sanchez, 581 Hwy 308 Thibodeaux, LA., age 40, pled guilty to Aggravated Flight from an Officer and was sentenced to 2 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert.

During the week of December 11-December 15, 2017, 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:

1. Ernest Hampton, 614 S Pleasant Ave. Gonzales, LA., age 61, pled guilty to False Imprisonment with a Dangerous Weapon and was sentenced to 6 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation.

2. Stanley Truvillion, unknown address, age 30, pled guilty to Bank Fraud and Monetary Instrument Abuse. The defendant was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation.

3. Quincy Wright, 3653 Osceola St. Baton Rouge, LA., age 26, pled guilty to Simple Burglary (2 counts) and was sentenced to 6 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

4. Johnny Normand, 18014 Autumn View Dr. Prairieville, LA., age 34, pled guilty to Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Public Intimidation, Resisting an Officer, and Monetary Instrument Abuse. On the charges of Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Public Intimidation, and Monetary Instrument Abuse, Normand was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. On the charge of Resisting an Officer, Normand was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail with credit for time served. It was ordered that the imposed sentences for the charges of Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Public Intimidation, and Resisting an Officer are to run consecutive to one another and concurrent with the imposed sentence for the Monetary Instrument Abuse charge.

5. Albert Robertson Jr., 8544 S St. Landry St. Gonzales, LA., age 36, pled guilty to DWI 3rd Offense. Sentencing was deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.

6. Frank Bell Jr., 40397 Cross Creek Ave. Gonzales, LA., age 28, pled guilty to 2 nd Degree Battery and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling. The defendant was sentenced to 6 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

7. Gregory Copponex, 759 N Airline Hwy Gramercy, LA., age 28, pled guilty to Obscenity and was sentenced to 1 year with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 2 years supervised probation.

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

8. On September 25, 2017, Shannon Cummings, 18165 John Broussard Rd. Prairieville, LA., age 39, pled guilty to DWI 3 rd Offense. Sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation. On December 12, 2017, Judge Kliebert ordered that Cummings be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 5 years with credit for time served. It was further ordered that 3 years of the said sentence are to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

9. John Eldredge, 12369 Juliet St. Gonzales, LA., age 45, pled guilty to Leased Movables by Fraud and was sentenced to 2 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 2 years supervised probation.

10. Sherrie Gonzales, 45158 Huntington Dr. St. Amant, LA., age 45, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert.

Assumption Parish:

1. On October 10, 2017, Rudy Lyons, 436 Hwy 311 Schriever, LA., age 46, pled guilty to DWI 3rd Offense. Sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation. On December 11, 2017, Judge Stromberg ordered that Lyons be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 5 years with credit for time served. It was further ordered that 1 year of the said sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, and the remaining 4 years are to be suspended.

2. Mitchell Borne, 3113 Hwy 308 Napoleonville, LA., age 49, pled guilty to Third Degree Rape and was sentenced to 4 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation. Borne must also register and notify as a sex offender for a period of 15 years upon release.

3. On October 10, 2017, Faron Coupel, 6698 Hwy 998 Belle Rose, LA., age 56, pled guilty to DWI 3 rd Offense. Sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation. On December 11, 2017, Judge Stromberg ordered that Coupel be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 5 years with credit for time served. It was further ordered that at least 1 year of this sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. In addition, Coupel must pay a fine in the amount of $2,000.

4. Wilfred Johnson, 111 Lincoln Lane Thibodaux, LA., age 39, pled guilty to Obstruction of Justice and was sentenced to 3 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation.

5. Russell Jupiter, 3394 Hwy 1 Napoleonville, LA., age 49, pled guilty to Simple Burglary and was sentenced to 1 year with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

6. Beau Matte, 149 Pond Dr. Morgan City, LA., age 27, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Conspiracy to Commit Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution. The defendant was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation.

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

St. James Parish:

1. Kalin Elder, 3437 Wendy St. Paulina, LA., age 21, pled guilty to Simple Burglary and was sentenced to 3 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

2. John Sparks, 32030 Longview St. Paulina, LA., age 52, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance. The defendant was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc.

Submitted by Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky L. Babin.