- Roy J. Parker Jr., 26, was sentenced 5.28.10 to life without parole for shooting dead his wife and wounding a male friend of hers in the Erin Rose bar, 811 Conti St., in the wee hours a little over a year earlier on 5.2.09.
- Dale Pigford, 60, got the same sentence--life without parole--in another case that dragged through the court for over a year.
Murder by another name: You might call Nathaniel Payton, 28, the "Teflon Triggerman" since criminal charges just don't seem to stick to him. Almost 2 years ago (in the early morning hours of 8.2.08) he allegedly pumped 7 or 8 gunshots into a guy at Bienville and Decatur streets; he was apprehended right away and police initially charged him with aggravated battery.
Robbers go down: As you might suspect, most of the crimes have to do with robberies. And as with most court cases, they go on way too long--with the bad guy pleading guilty, just as he could've on Day One when he was arraigned. Must be that sitting in OPP is preferable to being locked up in Angola. Take these cases for instance:
- Bryan Gray, 22, was arrested in May last year for a number of armed robberies in the preceding month, including one in the 300 block of Tchoupitoulas Street on 4.10.09 and another in the 400 block of Gravier Street on 4.2.09.
- Michael A. Lewis Jr., 23, seemed on his way to setting some record for the length of legal proceedings against him. He was arrested in January, 2008 and charged with 3 armed robberies.
- Kerry J. Paul, 29, was suspected in 4 bar robberies in the French Quarter and Marigny Triangle last summer, charged for 2 of them, and convicted of only 1. But you aren't likely to see him around here for a long time after Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson threw the proverbial book at him.
Paul, with a long criminal record, admitted to the charge when he appeared for sentencing 10 days ago (6.16.10). The judge gave him 70 years in prison as a career criminal and then slapped another 25 years on for the one robbery he was convicted of.
- Gregory Garmany, 43, pled guilty on 5.12.10 to attempted armed robbery and was sentenced by Judge Laurie White to 4 years in prison.
- Jamal Jackson, 26, pled guilty to armed robbery on 3.19.10 and was sentenced by Judge Frank Marullo to 18 years in prison without parole. That sentence will also cover 2 other armed robberies Jackson pled guilty to, plus a charge of domestic abuse.
- Jerome M. Jones, 20, was found guilty of armed robbery on 4.8.10 by Judge Camille Buras and sentenced to 10 years in jail.
- Tre King, 18, finally pled guilty 5.12.10 to a carjacking in the Marigny Triangle on 12.22.08 after the charge was reduced from armed robbery to attempted armed robbery and the DA's office withdrew its intent to seek a firearms sentencing provision. He was sentenced by Judge Arthur Hunter to 6 years in prison.
- Darrell B. Bell (top), 41, and Rene Metoyer (bottom), 42, pled guilty to lesser charges after initially being charged with attempted armed robbery in a case that had the earmarks of a "Chinese Fire Drill."
Judge Camille Buras sentenced Bell to 12 months in jail and Metoyer to 6 months in OPP, with credit for time served since his arrest, so he was gone immediately.
- Toarrius Carter (left), 29, and Maurice Charles (right), 28, each pled guilty to simple robbery in March for an incident last August. They each received an 18-month sentence in jail from Judge Frank Marullo.
- Wardell Dennis (right), 21, and his sister, Dominique Dennis (left), 18, pled guilty in March to a pursesnatching they pulled off last August in the 300 block of Burgundy Street, only after the DA agreed not to charge them as "multiple" offenders, which would have added substantially to their sentences because of their past criminal records. As it was, Judge Julian Parker sentenced each of them to 5 years in prison.
- Ashley Fleming, 23, pled guilty 2.24.10 to simple robbery and possession of Ecstasy after she snatched the purse of a white woman last June near St. Philip and Dauphine streets. Judge Julian Parker gave her 2 years in prison, lumping in a 6-month sentence for possession of marijuana.
- Ronald Haynes, 55, who had a long history of criminal offenses, pled guilty to simple robbery on 6.22.10 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison as a multiple offender by Judge Lynda Van Davis.
- Steve Hollins (top), 19, and Darrien Johnson (bottom), 18, both pled guilty in May to simple robbery for grabbing the wallet of an Asian woman walking in the 600 block of Toulouse Street.
- William Mozingo, 30, pled guilty to pursesnatching on 5.20.10 after he roughed up a woman walking in the 700 block of St. Philip Street near Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and took her purse on 3.2.10.
- Kenneth Wiley, 51, pled guilty to simple robbery in April this year for robbing a guy of his wallet in the 400 block of Bourbon Street in April last year. Judge Robin Pittman sentenced him to 3 years in prison.
- Darrell M. Smith, 45, pled guilty in February to 2 counts of theft under $300 and one count of attempted theft under $300.
And finally...: A Baton Rough high school teacher, who allegedly tried to torch the hotel where he was staying last summer, finally got enough of a break in May that he pled guilty to a reduced charge of simple criminal damage under $500.