Criminal Case News

Trevor Scott Williams Pleads Guilty to DWI Third

On January 9th, 2019, Trevor Scott Williams, age 42, of Port Sulphur, LA, pled guilty to driving while intoxicated – third offense. Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Williams to three years of home incarceration, two years of active probation, a $2,000 fine, court costs, and the installation of an interlock device on his vehicle.

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Mark Hiram Smith Probation Revoked

On January 9th, 2019, Mark Hiram Smith, age 45, of Belle Chasse, LA, stipulated to revocation of his probation for a 2017 case in which Smith pled guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence. Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Smith to five years…

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Ashley Fox Probation Revoked

On January 9th, 2019, Ashley Fox, age 35, of Belle Chasse, LA, stipulated to the revocation of her probation for a 2017 case in which Fox pled guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine. Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Fox to two years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

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Korey Khath Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution

On December 19th, 2018, Korey Khath, age 20, of Buras, LA, pled guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of principal to second degree battery. Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Khath to seven years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

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Arnold Michael Espadron Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution

On December 19th, 2018, Arnold Michael Espadron, age 61, of Port Sulphur, LA, pled guilty to one count of distribution of marijuana and one count of distribution of cocaine. Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Espadron to three years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections which Judge Clement suspended, placed him on two years…

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Jesse Lee Schmidt Probation Revoked

On December 5th, 2018, Jesse Lee Schmidt, age 26, of Violet, LA, stipulated to the revocation of his probation for a 2013 case in which Schmidt pled guilty to one count of simple burglary. Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Schmidt to seven years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections and recommended enrollment in…

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Deondre Avist Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution

On December 5th, 2018, Deandre Leon Avist, age 22, of Port Sulphur, LA, pled guilty to one count of resisting an officer with force or violence, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and one count of possession of methamphetamine. Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Avist to two years of incarceration with the…

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Tam Ta Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Manslaughter

On July 17, 2018, Tam Ta, age 46, a resident of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, pled guilty to Judge Kevin D. Conner for the manslaughter of Tao D. Nguyen. Ta, a deckhand on the shrimp boat Capt. Ben IV, was accused of the August 2016 killing of boat captain Tao D. Ngyuen aboard the vessel…

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Office News & Events

Project LEAD Government Presentation

As part of the Project LEAD curriculum, 6th grade students from Belle Chasse Middle School were given the opportunity to ask a panel of local officials questions about the criminal justice system. The objective was to teach students what happens when someone decides to break the law and is incarcerated. District Attorney, Charles Ballay welcomed…

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Christmas Gift Drive

The American Legion Post 329 of Belle Chasse partnered with District Attorney Charles Ballay to bring Christmas gifts to over fifty children in Plaquemines Parish. Commander Rudy Sampey helped to organize the gift drive and volunteers Bryan and Sheryl Ruiz wrapped gifts that were distributed to families around the parish. The DA’s Office delivered the…

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Happy Holidays

Our office will be closed for Christmas on December 24th and 25th and for New Year’s on December 31st and January 1st. Please have a safe and happy holiday.

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6th Graders Get Their Day in (Mock)Court

Students from Belle Chasse Middle School learned about the judicial system by staging a mock trial as part of Project LEAD (Legal Enrichment and Decision-making), a program that began in 2000 and has continued under the supervision of District Attorney Charles Bally. It was designed to help students recognize and analyze the potential consequences of poor…

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Stopping for School Buses

Be prepared to stop when: Two lanes: Vehicles traveling in both directions are required to stop when the bus’s red lights are flashing. Two lanes with center turn lane: When the highway has a center turning lane with one travel lane on each side, vehicles traveling in each direction are required to stop when the…

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Public Information Announcement

August 22, 2018 Contrary to false statements made by Plaquemines Parish President Amos Cormier, III, in his News Release of August 21, 2018, the Plaquemines Parish District Attorney’s main office has been in Belle Chasse since the Courthouse was destroyed in 2002 and it will remain there on a permanent basis. It is located at…

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2018 Project L.E.A.D.

On May 4th and May 19th, 2018, sixth grade students from Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Phoenix Middle School, South Plaquemines Middle School and Boothville Middle School participated in the mock trial program as part of Project L.E.A.D. “Legal Enrichment And Decision-Making”, a program of the Plaquemines Parish District Attorney’s Office, is designed to…

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