The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the homicide of Alex Rubio, 18 of Gonzales. Rubio’s body was found on the afternoon of July 26 in New River Canal on Cornerview St., near Gonzales city limits.

According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, the autopsy and subsequent investigation revealed that Rubio had been shot twice by a small caliber handgun to the head.

Investigators learned that Rubio was last seen by his family Sunday evening. Through the course of numerous interviews, it was discovered that during the late hours of July 24, Rubio was riding in a vehicle with two acquaintances identified as 18-year-old Jamar Jones of Gonzales and 18-year-old Kevin Ross, also of Gonzales. Investigators say that it was while riding in the vehicle that Rubio was shot by both Jones and Ross. Rubio’s body was later dumped in New River Canal, where he was eventually found by a passing motorist on July 26.

Coincidently, Jamar Jones was arrested by the Gonzales Police Department on the same day Rubio’s body was found. Jones was charged with the unrelated crimes of illegal carry of a weapon and possession of marijuana. The handgun Jones was arrested with is consistent with the same type used in the murder of Alex Rubio. Jones also faces charges of stealing a vehicle in Gonzales two weeks ago, and later burning the vehicle in Darrow, on July 24.

Jamar Jones, 18 of 1126 S. Park Ave., Gonzales is being held in the Ascension Parish Jail where he is now charged with First Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice. No bond has been set. Additional charges are forthcoming.

On Friday, a second suspect, Kevin Ross 18, of Gonzales was arrested without incident around noon today at the home of a relative in Gonzales.

Ross is charged with first-degree murder and obstruction of justice, he is currently in the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set.

As the investigation continues, more charges may be forthcoming.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-4636 or by texting 847411 to the anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP(7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.

Guilty Pleas

During the Week of July 25 to July 29, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, Parishes of Assumption, and St. James. Ascension Parish had no court news to report this week.

Assumption Parish

Skiler Rhodes, 5974 La. 308 Belle Rose, age 24, pleaded 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.

George LeBlanc, 125 Grisaffe Lane, Belle Rose, age 39, pleaded guilty to Simple Kidnapping and Domestic Abuse Battery. On the charge of Simple Kidnapping, LeBlanc was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that one year of the imposed sentence is to be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. The remaining two years of the imposed sentence are to be suspended. Upon release, LeBlanc is to be placed on three years supervised probation. On the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery, LeBlanc was sentenced to six months in the parish jail with credit for time served. The imposed sentences are to run consecutive to one another.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle and the presiding judge was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.

Jeffery Sims, 194 Grisaffe Lane, Belle Rose, age 44, pleaded guilty to Obscenity and Resisting an Officer (three counts). On the charge of Obscenity, Sims was sentenced to 20 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Resisting an Officer, Sims was sentenced to six months in the parish jail with credit for time served. All of the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney and the Presiding judge was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner Jr.

St. James Parish

Lavon Jones, 2366 Project Drive, Vacherie, age 22, pleaded guilty to Simple Criminal Damage to Property over $500 and 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.

The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Steven Tureau and the presiding judge was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.