Criminal Case News

Jonathan Jason Convicted of Eight Counts in Sex Crimes Trial

Charles Ballay, the District Attorney of Plaquemines Parish, reports that on June 19, 2019, Jonathan Jason, age 39, of Ironton, LA was convicted of two counts of Forcible Rape, Sexual Battery, Attempted Aggravated Rape, two counts of Oral Sexual Battery, and two counts of Cruelty to Juveniles, these crimes occurred in Plaquemines Parish between 2000-2018.…

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Wheeler Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

On February 19, 2019, Jessica Cherie Wheeler, 27, of Monroe, LA, pled guilty to the crime of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. On May 21, 2019 Judge Kevin D. Conner sentenced Wheeler to serve three years of incarceration with the Louisiana Departments of Corrections with one year to be suspended. Judge Conner placed Wheeler on two…

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Williams Pleads Guilty, Sentenced

On May 21, 2019, Terran Emi Williams, 21, of New Orleans, LA, pled guilty to the crime of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things Over $5,000.00 but less than $25,000.00. Judge Kevin D. Conner sentenced Williams to serve six years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. A restitution Hearing is scheduled for July 30,…

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Hernandez Pleads Guilty, Sentenced

On May 21, 2019, Ryan Neil Hernandez, 41, of Buras, LA, pled guilty to the crime of Monetary Instrument Abuse. Judge Kevin D. Conner sentenced Hernandez to serve 60 days of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

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Harris Pleads Guilty, Sentenced

On May 21, 2019, Donte Tyree Harris, age 20, of Metairie, LA. pled guilty to the crimes of Simple Burglary, Possession of Firearm by a convicted Felon, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things over $5000.00, but less than $25,000.00. Judge Kevin D. Conner sentenced Harris to serve seven years of incarceration with the Louisiana Departments of…

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Avist Pleads Guilty, Sentenced

On May 21, 2019, Denzil Isaac Avist, age 27, of Empire, LA, pled guilty to the crime of Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon. Judge Kevin D. Conner sentenced Avist to serve 10 years of incarceration with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.  Judge Conner also issued a Stay Away Order in favor of the victim…

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Jurisich revoked, Incarcerated

On September 1, 2016, Alicia Jurisich, 33, of Maurice, LA, pled guilty to five counts of Forgery and three counts of Theft of $750.00 or more. Judge Kevin D. Conner sentenced Jurisich to a maximum of ten years which was deferred upon the defendant’s request to enter into the 25th JDC Drug Court Program for…

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Vashawn Taylor Sentenced

On May 7, 2019, Vashawn Taylor, age 20, of Boothville, LA, pled guilty to the crime of Aggravated Second-Degree Battery. Judge Kevin D. Conner sentenced Taylor to twelve years of incarceration with Louisiana Department of Corrections. Ten years of his sentenced were suspended with the condition he that successfully complete three years of active probation.…

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Office News & Events

Senior Citizens Day 2019

On April 11th the District Attorney, Charles Ballay, hosted his 10th Annual Senior Citizens Day in Davant at the Rev. Percy Griffin Community Center. The seniors enjoyed a day of speakers, lunch, music, prizes and vendors. We would like to thank all that contributed to make this day such a success.

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Easter Baskets for Families In Need

The American Legion Post 329 of Belle Chasse and District Attorney Charles Ballay partnered to bring Easter Baskets to 30 children in our parish. Each year Bryan and Sheryl Ruiz volunteer to help organize and put together the baskets that will be distributed. This year’s baskets include chocolate treats, wood wind chime craft set, eggs…

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Phoenix Middle, South Plaquemines Elementary & Boothville-Venice Elementary School 6th Graders Attend Presentation by Local Law Enforcement as Part of Project Lead

On March 20, 2019, 6th grade students and teachers from Phoenix Middle, South Plaquemines Elementary and Boothville-Venice Elementary Schools spoke with local elected officials about what happens when someone decides to break the law and is caught. District Attorney Charles Ballay welcomed the students and explained the role of the District Attorney’s Office in criminal…

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District Attorney and Sheriff Provide Law Enforcement and Legal Training

            As part of the ongoing training of law enforcement officers, on January 29th, 30th and 31st, 2019, the Plaquemines Parish District Attorney’s Office and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted the Drew & Drew training course. The speakers, Judge Harmon Drew and Ms. Jean Drew, have presented this program…

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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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