Guilty Pleas

During the week of July 24-28, 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

Aaron Adams Jr., 42490 Lori Road, Gonzales, 29, pled guilty to Simple Robbery and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on five years supervised probation.

Misty Morgan, 14405 Harry Savoy Road, St. Amant, 40, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance 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.

Rauol Dunn, 1315 Bob Petit St., Baton Rouge, 25, pled guilty to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on five years supervised probation.

Andrew Singleton, 6109 La 308 Napoleonville, 23, pled guilty to Simple Robbery and was sentenced to seven years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on five years supervised probation.

Vernell Hogan, 173 Frank Lane, Belle Rose, 59, pled guilty to Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and was sentenced to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that two years of the said sentence are to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, and upon release from incarceration, the defendant must register and notify as a sex offender or child predator.

Killyle Jones, 13489 Chase St., Gonzales, 23, pled guilty to Simple Robbery and was sentenced to seven years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Kendrick Nicholas, 401 W 10th St., Donaldsonville, 23, pled guilty to Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Nicholas Welton, 40449 Cross Ridge Ave. Gonzales, 36, pled guilty to DWI 3rd Offense. Sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.

Jason Williams, 902 E Verna St. Gonzales, 26, pled guilty to Negligent Homicide and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Steven Tureau and Joni Buquoi. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc.

Gregory Baker, 45039 Butch Gore Road, St. Amant, 49, pled guilty to Illegal Possession of Stolen Things and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on three years supervised probation.

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

Belle Rose man pleads guilty to Indecent Behavior with Ascension juvenile

On July 25, Vernell Hogan of 173 Frank Lane, Belle Rose, 59, pled guilty to Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. Hogan was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors after Hogan inappropriately touched a 13 year old girl.

On Sept. 3, 2014, detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after receiving information that a 13 year old girl had been inappropriately touched by a relative on multiple occasions since the girl was approximately 10 years of age. During the investigation, the juvenile victim was interviewed and told officials that Hogan had inappropriately touched her several times. Hogan was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. Prior to this plea, Hogan maintained his innocence.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge LeBlanc ordered that Hogan be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 10 years with credit for time served. It was further ordered that two years of the imposed sentence are to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, and upon release, Hogan is to register and notify as a sex offender or child predator.

Gonzales man pleads Guilty to Simple Robbery

On July 25, Killyle Jones of 13489 Chase St. Gonzales, 23, pled guilty to the charge of Simple Robbery. Jones was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2016 incident.

On July 29, 2016, detectives with the Gonzales Police Department were contacted in reference to reports of a robbery that had occurred. Upon making contact with the victims of the robbery, detectives learned that the victims were walking down Hwy 74 in Gonzales, when a vehicle occupied by 2 male subjects stopped and offered them a ride. The victims got into the vehicle and were driven to a nearby apartment complex.

Upon their arrival, the driver and passenger of the vehicle ordered the victims to give up their belongings. The suspects got away with several miscellaneous items including 2 backpacks and a cell phone. A short while later, patrol officers were dispatched to a local business in reference to 2 suspicious male subjects. Upon arrival, officers observed a black 1998 Ford Expedition occupied by the suspicions subjects in question.

Patrol officers then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for investigatory purposes. The occupants were identified as Killyle Jones and Michael Jones. Both Killyle and Michael matched the descriptions of the suspects who committed the robbery and were detained. Both robbery victims identified Killyle and Michael through photo line-ups as the individuals who robbed them. Detectives applied for a search warrant for the Expedition, and towed it to the Gonzales Police Department where it was searched. During the search of the vehicle, detectives located the items taken from the victims during the robbery. Both Killyle and Michael Jones were arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

On May 16, 2017, Michael Jones entered a guilty plea to the charge of Simple Robbery and was sentenced to seven years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that Michael Jones serve one year of the imposed sentence, and the remaining six years be suspended. Upon release, it was ordered that Jones be placed on supervised probation for five years.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge LeBlanc ordered that Killyle Jones be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of seven years with credit for time served.