Four arrested in multiple burglary case

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Detectives were able to solve 31 burglaries in Ascension Parish with the arrests of Eric Troquille, his brother Devin Troquille, and Joshua Livingston last week. Deputies were searching for a fourth suspect, identified as 18-year-old Austin Gilbert, who is also involved in the burglaries, according to Sheriff Jeff Wiley.

Late Monday evening, Austin Gilbert turned himself in, and was charged with 31 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle, 29 counts of criminal trespass, three counts simple burglary of a residence, six counts theft of a firearm, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

On Oct. 18, deputies began a search in the Dutchtown Lane and the La. 74 area attempting to locate 31-year-old Eric Troquille and his 18-year-old brother Devin. Deputies arrested Devin and he was transported to the Ascension Parish Jail.

During the investigation, deputies learned a third suspect, Joshua Livingston, 20, was involved in the burglaries and he was arrested last Wednesday evening.

Eric Troquille then turned himself into detectives last Thursday morning and was transported to the Ascension Parish Jail.

As the investigation continued, detectives were able to link the four men to committing multiple burglaries.

All three men were charged with 31 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle, 29 counts of criminal trespass, three counts simple burglary of a residence, six counts theft of a firearm, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

“Thankfully we have brought to justice one group of thieves in the Dutchtown/Geismar area,” said Sheriff Jeff Wiley. “Furthermore, this is yet another stark reminder for all citizens to protect themselves and their property and that should start with locking your doors at all time.”

The case is still under investigation.

Henderson man pleads guilty following Ascension narcotics operation

On Oct. 18, Rene “Mexico” Villa, age 33, of Henderson pleaded guilty to the charge of Possession of 200 grams or More, but Less than 400 Grams of Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, or Mixture. Villa was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples. Presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. The plea was a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors after a narcotics investigation was conducted by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Feb. 11, a confidential informant made contact with narcotics detectives and advised them that he could lead them to a large quantity of Methamphetamine. The informant told detectives that he could have Villa deliver a large quantity of Methamphetamine to the Ascension Parish area. Under the direction of detectives, the informant contacted Villa via telephone to arrange a buy. Villa agreed to deliver approximately 14 ounces of Methamphetamine valued at approximately $9,000 to the informant in the parking lot of the Tanger Mall in Gonzales. While detectives were conducting surveillance of the area, the informant walked to a vehicle occupied by Villa. Once the informant initiated contact with Villa, detectives moved in and observed three plastic bags containing Methamphetamine on the seat of the vehicle in plain view.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg sentenced Villa to a period of 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. The imposed sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. It was also ordered that Villa pay $100,000 in fines.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of Oct. 17 to Oct. 21, 2016, 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

Thomas Dupre III, 44401 Kaytain Crossing St., Sorrento, 41, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance 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.

Brandon Lee, 16462 Jay Road, Prairieville, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of Simple Burglary and was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

Jessie Melancon, 43333 Willie Bell Road, Gonzales, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of Simple Cruelty to Animals and was sentenced to six months on each count with credit for time served. The imposed sentences are to run consecutive to one another.

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

Dwayne Moinot, 41099 Catherine Burns Drive, Prairieville, 26, pleaded guilty to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Illegal Possession of Stolen Thing. The defendant was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor with credit for time served on each count. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

Brittany Smith, 41099 Catherine Burns Drive, Prairieville, 23, pleaded guilty to Illegal Possession of Stolen Things and was sentenced to four months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Tyler Hilbun, 37627 Seven Oaks Ave., Prairieville, 28, pleaded guilty to Felony Simple Criminal Damage to Property and was sentenced to one year with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Brayden Marchand, 11425 Roddy Road, Gonzales, 17, pleaded guilty to Theft Valued at $750 or More but Less Than $5000 and Simple Burglary. The defendant was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor with credit for time served on each count to run concurrent with one another. The imposed sentence is to be suspended, and the defendant is to be placed on 5 years supervised probation.

Phillip Rome, 7200 Cypress Lake, Baton Rouge, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of Possession of Pornography Involving Juveniles and was sentenced to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor with credit for time served on each count to run concurrent with one another. It was ordered that the first five years of the imposed sentence is to be served, and the remaining five years are to be suspended. Upon release, the defendant is to be placed on five years supervised probation.

Luke Steger, 122 Villere Drive, Destrehan, 21, pleaded guilty to Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 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.

Myron Turner, 1541 Woodlore Drive, Baton Rouge, 17, pleaded guilty to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on three years supervised probation.

Jarod White, 511 E Chuck St., Gonzales, 27, pleaded guilty to Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles and was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Matthew Morris, 17177 Penn Blvd., Gonzales, 27, pleaded guilty to Terrorizing and was sentenced to seven years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor with credit for time served.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kenneth Dupaty and Shawn Bush. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner Jr.

Assumption Parish

Crystal Berthelot, 15432 Ryan Ave., Prairieville, 26, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule III 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.

Christy Comeaux, 203 La. 998, Belle Rose, 35, pleaded guilty to Simple Burglary 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 cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert.

St. James Parish

Rydell Harry, 19391 Harrytown St., Vacherie, 37, pleaded guilty to Felony Domestic Abuse Battery and was sentenced to two years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on five years supervised probation.

Travaughn Johnson, 229 South Airline Ave., Gramercy, 20, pleaded guilty to Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that two years of the imposed sentence are to be suspended, and the defendant must serve the remaining three years. Upon release, the defendant is to be placed on five years supervised probation.

Billy Moore, 2432 N. Courseault St., Lutcher, 34, pleaded guilty to Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to seven years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that four years of the imposed sentence are to be served, and the remaining three years are to be suspended. Upon release, the defendant is to be placed on five years supervised probation.

Russell Smalley, 538 Clear Creek Road, Ackron Ala., 51, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Battery and was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on three years supervised probation.

Louis Williams, 3610 La. 44, Paulina, 28, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule IV 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 five years supervised probation.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sara Clarke, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.