Ascension Cime Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Christopher Rodriguez

Prairieville man arrested for impersonating law enforcement officer

According to Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, deputies arrested 28-year-old Christopher Rodriguez for false impersonation of a police officer and special restrictions on flashing lights on Sunday night, Jan. 22.

On Sunday night, deputies were dispatched to Van Broussard Road in reference to a suspicious person complaint. It was learned that on Saturday night, January 21, Rodriguez was driving a vehicle with flashing red lights and stopped another vehicle addressing himself as an undercover agent and displaying a gun on his side. Rodriguez let the victim go and was later arrested at his residence.

Christopher Rodriguez, 28, of 41075 Fairmont St., Prairieville, was arrested and charged with false impersonation of a police officer and special restrictions on flashing lights.

He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where his bond was set at $100,000 by Judge LeBlanc.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of Jan. 16 to Jan. 20, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, parishes of Ascension, Assumption and St. James. Assumption Parish had no court news to report this week.

Ascension Parish

Jesse Culpepper, 45552 La. 936, St. Amant, age 39, pled guilty to Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault (two counts) 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 consecutive to one another. It was further ordered that the imposed sentences are to be suspended, and the defendant is to be placed on five years supervised probation.

Leigh Ann Davis Ganaway, 13455 KC Road, Gonzales, age 35, pled guilty to Simple Burglary 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.

Cory Borne, 12105 Chester Braud Road, St. Amant, age 30, pled guilty to Attempted 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 Attorneys Joni Buquoi and Steven Tureau. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc.

Blaine Bazile, 41083 Courtney Road, Gonzales, age 35, pled guilty to Simple Criminal Damage to Property over $500 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. It was further ordered that the defendant must pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $30,000.

The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Dupaty, and presiding over this case was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner Jr.

James Miles, 502 Front St., Donaldsonville, age 39, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (two counts). Sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.

The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Manda, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.

St. James Parish

Hannah Davis, 2206 Rome St., Paulina, age 29, pled guilty to Simple Burglary 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.

Bennie Engel, 2206 Rome St., Paulina, age 31, pled guilty to Simple Burglary and was sentenced to eight years 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 Attorneys Phil Maples, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.

Two indicted for second degree murder

On Jan. 10, an Assumption Parish Grand Jury returned a True Bill of Indictment for Second Degree Murder Charges on both Reid Leonard, age 38, and Broderick Scott, age 40, both of Iberville Parish. These indictments stem after a joint probe by the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office and the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office that began following the heroin overdose of a Pierre Part Man.

On July 20, 2016, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 163 N Bay Road, Pierre Part, in reference to a male subject identified as Chase Gaudet, age 26, being located deceased in his residence. Throughout the course of an intense investigation by the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, investigators believe that Leonard and Gaudet traveled to Scott’s residence to purchase heroin. Scott is accused of distributing a quantity of heroin to Leonard, which was dispensed to and consumed by Gaudet. Gaudet’s manner of death was ruled a heroin overdose.

On Jan. 11, 2017, Reid Leonard was sought by authorities and booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on one count of Second Degree Murder. On Jan. 17, 2017, Broderick Scott was sought by authorities and booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on one count of Second Degree Murder as well.

Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney is the lead prosecutor on this case. Both Leonard and Scott remain incarcerated at the Assumption Parish Detention Center awaiting prosecution.

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