Prairieville man pleads guilty in bribery case

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – A Prairieville man who formerly worked as a Baton Rouge police officer pleaded guilty to two counts of bribery and conspiracy Wednesday morning in federal court.

Leonard P. Jackson, 45, was the fourth person arrested in connection with a fedral investigation into Baton Rouge courts, called “Illegal Motion,” according to U.S. Attorney David R. Dugas.

Jackson admitted in court that he worked with 43-year-old Flitcher R. Bell, a Baton Rouge prosecutor, to have charges dismissed, reduced or otherwise “fixed,” Dugas said.

Bell and 48-year-old Darrell Johnson of Bueche pled guilty to bribery charges Oct. 30 before U.S. District Court Judge James Brady.

Jackson faces as much as 10 years in federal prison and $500,000 in fines.

Dugas said Jackson was charged with accepting a cash bribe in exchange for using his position as a police officer to collect a $10,000 gambling debt on behalf of an individual Sept. 17. Jackson resigned from the department Oct. 23.

Jackson was also charged with accepting payments from individuals with criminal and traffic matters pending in Baton Rouge City Court, according to Dugas.