Human skeletal remains found in January identified

The skeletal remains found in a wooded area of Prairieville in January have been identified as 55-year-old William Winters, according to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre.

On Jan. 30, deputies responded to a call directing them to the wooded area off of Germany Road after a human skull was found by a neighbor’s dog.

The LSU FACES lab assisted deputies in identifying the remains. Foul play is not suspected in his death, Webre said.

Judge Orders Local Contractor Matthew Morris to be Held Without Bond

On Feb. 8, Matthew Morris, owner of Complete Construction Contractors of Baton Rouge was arrested by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office on numerous charges related to residential contractor fraud following the Great Flood of 2016. The Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc set Morris’ bail in the amount of $635,000.

Upon posting bond, Morris was subsequently arrested by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office on similar charges. While incarcerated in the Livingston Parish Detention Center, investigators with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office charged Morris with 23 additional charges relating to residential contractor fraud. The Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg ordered that Morris appear in court on March 9 for an Article 313 Contradictory Hearing to determine whether or not Morris should be granted a bond on the new charges.

Upon completion of the hearing, Judge Stromberg ordered that Morris be held with no bond. Judge Stromberg made this ruling after hearing testimony from the prosecution that proved Morris to be a potential flight risk.

On March 20, Morris will appear in court in front of Judge LeBlanc to determine whether or not the original bond will be revoked. Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples is the lead prosecutor on this case.

Anonymous tip leads to drug arrest

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bobby Webre reports the arrest of 47-year-old Ron McZeal who was arrested by narcotics detectives on Thursday, March 9 after a month-long investigation into illegal narcotics being shipped to his residence.

Detectives began a joint investigation with the Baton Rouge Police Department and witnessed McZeal retrieve a package from his residence and then left the area.

Detectives initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and McZeal consented to detectives searching his vehicle. Concealed in the package was five pounds of marijuana which has an approximate street value of $20,000, added Chief Webre. Also seized from the vehicle was a digital scale and approximately $1,500 in cash.

Ron McZeal, 47, of 12072 Cypress Ridge Drive, Geismar, was arrested on Thursday, March 9 and charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS, drug paraphernalia, and no turn signals. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set yet.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of March 6-10, 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 this week.

Ascension Parish

Alaica Furlow, 14132 Mire Road, Gonzales, 20, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 12 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Travis Jones, 3996 Stewart Lane, Donaldsonville, 19, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Illegal Carrying of Weapons. Jones was sentenced to 12 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections on each count with credit for time served, to run concurrent with one another.

Melvin Johnson, 44305 La. 42 Prairieville, 34, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 12 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

David Ullman Jr., 102 Elvira St., Chauvin, 22, 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.

Keelee Fussell, 17960 Will Ave., Greenwell Springs, 38, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance and Simple Battery. On the charge of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance, Fussell was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Simple Battery, Fussell was sentenced to six 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 imposed sentence is to be suspended, and the defendant is to be placed on 18 months supervised probation.

Thomas Tuggle, 13237 Spellman Lambert Road, St. Amant, 42, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Simple Battery. On the charge of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Tuggle was sentenced to 12 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Simple Battery, Tuggle was sentenced to six months in the parish jail with credit for time served. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

Lori Marie Stone, 724 Sammy St., Gonzales, 30, 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 24 months supervised probation.

Warren Henry, 1208 St. Vincent St., Donaldsonville, 58, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance. Sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.

Lacy Guillot, 6566 La. 1, Belle Rose, 33, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance. The defendant was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on four years supervised probation.

Kirk Gibson, 134 Evangeline Drive, Donaldsonville, 24, pled guilty to Illegal Possession of Stolen Things and was sentenced to two years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

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

Assumption Parish

Alix Delatte, 7212 La. 182, East Morgan City, 24, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to two years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Guscemore Murphy, 208 College St., Napoleonville, 54, 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.

Marty Stevens Jr., 414 Manchester Manor, Thibodaux, 27, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution and was sentenced to two and a half years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on two and a half years supervised probation.

Billy Chapman Jr., 1822 Plantation Ave., Port Allen, 30, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Possession or Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution and Monetary Instrument Abuse. Chapman was sentenced to two and a half years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. It was ordered that the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

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