Donaldsonville man pleads guilty to 2015 stabbing

On May 9, 2017, Rodney Lewis of 811 Pine St. Donaldsonville, 39, pled guilty to Aggravated Second Degree Battery. Lewis was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2015 incident.

On July 6, 2015, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Pine St. in Donaldsonville following reports of a stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies were approached by the victim who lifted his shirt and showed deputies an apparent stab wound to the abdomen. While speaking to the victim, officers observed a male subject who fit the description of the suspect. Officers immediately detained the subject who was identified as Rodney Lewis.

The victim advised that he was standing in his yard when Lewis approached him. Lewis made several remarks and shortly after, he lunged at the victim with a sharp knife like object stabbing him in the abdomen. After a brief physical altercation, he fled the scene. Lewis was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Verdigets ordered that sentencing be deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation. A sentencing date has not been set as of this time. Lewis faces up to 15 years in state prison.

Clark sentenced for Cocaine distribution

On May 4, 2017, Derrick Clark A.K.A. “Hollowtip” of 307 N Roscoe Ave. Gonzales, 31, pled guilty to Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine) and Possession of 28 Grams or More, but Less than 200 Grams of Cocaine. Clark was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Manda, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2015 narcotics operation.

On Dec. 25, 2015, officers with the Gonzales Police Department executed a search warrant on a vehicle parked at a Gonzales residence after receiving information that illegal narcotics were being sold from the vehicle. Narcotics agents received information that a male subject known in the streets as “Hollowtip” had recently sold a quantity of cocaine, and had more cocaine packaged inside of the vehicle. “Hollowtip” was later identified as Derrick Clark. During a search of the vehicle in question, which was registered to Clark, officers located and seized a large quantity of cocaine. Clark was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Clark be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 15 years on each count and the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

Tangipahoa man pleads guilty to Gonzales robbery

On May 8, 2017, David Little of Roseland, 22, pled guilty to Armed Robbery, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. Little was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following the robbery of an Ascension Parish man.

On June 13, 2016, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales in reference to a patient who had sustained bruising and lacerations to the head and facial area while at a Gonzales residence. The victim advised deputies that he was at a house party in Gonzales when he was asked to go into the backyard of the residence with David Little and two other male subjects. The victim had no recollection of what took place in the back yard of the residence, but observed miscellaneous items missing from on his person.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Little and the other subjects had lured the victim into the back yard of the residence where he was beaten and robbed. After detectives developed suspects in this matter, a search warrant was executed at a location where Little was staying. During the search, detectives located Little, Tye’Wayne Morris, and a juvenile subject who were identified as potential suspects. Detectives located a quantity of Methamphetamine. All three subjects were subsequently arrested.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Little was sentenced on all charges. On the charge of Armed Robbery, Little was sentenced to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served and is to be served without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. On the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, he was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. These sentences were suspended, and Little is to be placed on five years supervised probation on each count. It was further ordered that all of the sentences are to run consecutive to one another. Upon release from incarceration, Little will remain on supervised probation for a period of 10 years. Tye’Wayne Morris and the juvenile suspect in this matter are currently being prosecuted for their alleged involvement in this incident as well.

Gonzales Man Pleads Guilty to Indecent Behavior, Computer Aided Solicitation

On May 8, 2017, Justin Sepeda of 13502 Airline Hwy, Gonzales, 27, pled guilty to Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor and Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. Sepeda was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Shawn Bush, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following an online undercover investigation conducted by the Louisiana State Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

On Aug. 10, 2016, investigators with the Louisiana State Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit began an online undercover investigation targeting child predators. An investigator posing as a 15 year old female, made contact with a male subject who was using online sources to look for sex. The investigator engaged in conversation with the male subject and even made him aware that he was chatting with a 15 year old girl. The suspect who was later identified as Justin Sepeda knowingly spoke to and attempted to entice whom he believed was a 15 year old girl into sexual intercourse and lewd conduct. Sepeda also sent lewd photographs to the investigator whom he reasonably believed was a 15 year old girl. A search warrant was executed on Sepeda’s Gonzales Residence and he was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Kliebert ordered that Sepeda be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 5 years at hard labor with credit for time served on each count. It was further ordered that the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another and be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Upon release, Sepeda must register and notify as a sex offender or child predator in accordance with Louisiana law.