Criminal Case News

Jonathan Jason Sentenced to 40 Years

Charles Ballay, the District Attorney of Plaquemines Parish, reports that on January 8, 2020, Jonathan Jason, age 39, of Ironton, Louisiana was sentenced to 40 years at hard labor by Judge Michael Clement for jury convictions on June 19, 2019 on Sexual Battery, Attempted Aggravated Rape and two counts each of Forcible Rape, Oral Sexual…

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Torri Jackson Pleads Guilty to Obscenity

On November 20, 2019, Torri Anthony Jackson, age 35 of New Orleans, LA pled guilty to Obscenity. Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Jackson to serve two years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections and to successfully compete the General Education Development Program and obtain his High School Equivalency Certificate.

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Robert Huynh Pleads Guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine

On November 20, 2019, Robert Thanh Huynh, age 32 of Buras, LA, pled guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine. Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Huynh to serve two years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, which was suspended. Judge Clement also ordered Huynh to serve two years of active probation, to pay $300 to…

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Ross Judy Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking and Sexual Battery

On November 12, 2019, Ross Franklin Judy, age 39 of Buras, LA, pled guilty to Human Trafficking, Cruelty to the Infirmed and Sexual Battery. For the violation of Human Trafficking, Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Judy to serve 10 years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, which was suspended. However, Judy is to…

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Herman Turlich Pleads Guilty to Burglary

On October 12, 2019, Herman Ferdinana Turlich, Jr., age 42, of Gretna, LA, pled guilty to two acts of simple burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. Judge Kevin Conner sentenced him to serve 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections for these crimes. Turlich also pled guilty to simple escape and was sentenced…

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Christopher Avist Pleads Guilty to Rape and Human Trafficking

The first criminal jury trial at the new courthouse in Pointe a la Hache began on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, and concluded successfully when the defendant entered a guilty plea to multiple sex crimes and trafficking counts, including forcible rape, at the conclusion of the third day of trial. Defendant Christopher Avist, who is also…

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Brett Pugh Pleads Guilty to Robbery and Weapons Charges

On September 25, 2019, Brett Pugh, age 29, of Belle Chasse, LA, pled guilty to Simple Robbery and Possession of Firearm or Carrying Concealed Weapon by Convicted Felon. For the crime of Simple Robbery, Judge Michael D. Clement sentenced Pugh to 3 ½ years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. For the crime…

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Office News & Events

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Experts estimate that between 6 million and 7.5 million Americans are stalked every year. Stalkers’ tactics include approaching their victim or showing up in places when the victim doesn’t want them there. They make unwanted telephone calls, leaving unwanted text or voice messages. They follow the victim, spy on…

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Spreading Christmas Cheer

Staff members from the Plaquemines Parish Clerk of Court Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Assessor’s Office and the Judges’ Offices came together to bring Christmas cheer to 38 children in our parish. This tradition started when Dot Lundin served as Clerk of Court 17 years ago! Each year, a staff…

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Tis The Season

Ladies from the Plaquemines Parish District Attorney’s Office participated and provided gifts to the 25th Judicial District Clerk of Court Kim Turlich-Vaughn’s Annual Christmas Gift Drive. The staff received tags from the gift tree and donated the gifts to be presented to families in Plaquemines Parish. Pictured from left to right are Rosemary Temple, Lorene…

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Support a Safer Louisiana, Please Donate to the Louisiana District Attorneys Training Foundation

  #CHRISTMASSPIRIT SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW PROSECUTORS SUPPORT THE LOUISIANA JUSTICE SYSTEM SUPPORT A SAFER LOUISIANA DONATE TODAY PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING AN END-OF-THE-YEAR, TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION THIS CHRISTMAS The Louisiana District Attorneys Training Foundation (LDATF) is committed to impacting the quality of your professional life in a positive way. This holiday season, please consider supporting the LDATF…

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Inter-Agency Cooperation and Training Exercise

On December 10, 2019, the Plaquemines Parish District Attorney’s Office sponsored a Basic Pistol/Revolver Safety and Skills Course for the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office. DA Investigator and Certified Firearms Instructor/Range Safety Officer John Carlton taught the Coroner’s Office Investigators gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, pistol selection…

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