Gonzales man gets 10-year sentence for various charges

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Chester Muse

On April 26, 2018, Chester Muse of 1220 N Willow Ave. Gonzales, La., age 41, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Muse 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 a 2016 arrest.

On January 8, 2016, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigatory traffic stop on a vehicle during the course of an active investigation. Upon making the stop, deputies learned that there was a male subject who had just fled from the vehicle to a nearby apartment complex carrying a sports bag and a firearm. Deputies were able to locate the apartment in which the subject allegedly ran to. Shortly after, deputies were granted consent to search the apartment and located Chester Muse, who had not been given permission to enter the apartment, hiding in a bath tub. Deputies were able to locate the bag in question, and discovered miscellaneous types of drug paraphernalia as well as cocaine and methamphetamine residue. Deputies were unable to locate the firearm, however, witnesses indicated that Muse did have a firearm while fleeing the initial scene. Muse was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Detention Center. Muse has a prior felony conviction stemming from a narcotics arrest.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Muse was sentenced to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. The said sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Submitted by Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky L. Babin.