On August 2, 2021 a Petit Jury was convened in Plaquemines Parish for the case against Sharrieff Kent, 40, from Belle Chasse. On August 5th, Mr. Kent was found guilty of 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and Illegal Use of a Dangerous Weapon. The lead Assistant District Attorney on this Trial was Jason Napoli, he was assisted by ADA’s Sarah Tesvich and Temia Griffin.
The case involved Mr. Kent shooting his 40 caliber pistol several times at PPSO Narcotic Officers Chris Johnson and Jennifer Daigle Johnson while conducting a narcotics investigation in the 100 block of Villary Street on June 23, 2019 in Belle Chasse. Some of the rounds fired hit the vehicle the PPSO officers were in as well as neighboring property. ADA Napoli advised the Court that the DA’s office was seeking a firearm enhancement on the penalty since a firearm was used in the commission of these crimes.
Sentencing for Mr. Kent has been set for October 26, 2021 before Judge Kevin Conner.
This is the first criminal case tried to a jury in Plaquemine Parish since the suspension of all trials began in early 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.