PROSECUTION


Felony


A felony is any crime for which an offender may be sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor.

There are currently eight assistant district attorneys assigned to the Felony Division. They prosecute violent and nonviolent cases classified as offenses against the person, offenses against property, offenses affecting the family, offenses affecting public morals, offenses affecting the public generally and offenses affecting organized government.

The District Attorney’s Office receives criminal reports of arrest and investigations from law enforcement agencies and decides whether to file formal criminal charges. In some instances, particularly when the crime is punishable by death or life in prison or when more information is required to decide the appropriate charge, the case will be assigned to a grand jury.

Cases are moved through the system with the intent to reach resolution as expeditiously as possible, while safeguarding the constitutional rights of the defendants.

Many cases are resolved without trial by agreement between the defendant and the District Attorney’s Office, but only when the interests of the state and identified victims are best served by such an agreement.

court locations

Courts are on the 4th and 6th floors of the Rapides Parish Courthouse

News

PRESS RELEASE - UPDATE on DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONVICTION

On June 15, 2017 Troherro Keith Batiste was found guilty by a Rapides Parish jury of Attempted Second Degree Murder, 2 counts of Aggravated Second Degree Battery and Second Degree Battery. At the request of counsel for defendant, Allen L. Smith, III, the court ordered a Presentence Investigation be conducted and set the sentencing hearing for August 14, 2017. Defendant’s mother, Brenda Batiste, spoke on behalf of her son. The court heard argument from both the State and defense. The Hon. Monique F. Rauls, Judge Ninth Judicial District Court, for reasons stated on the record, sentenced defendant as follows: Attempted Second Degree Murder, 35 years at hard labor with the Department of Corrections, for each of the 2 counts of Aggravated Second Degree Battery 15 years at hard labor with the Department of Corrections and Second Degree Battery 8 years at hard labor with the Department of Corrections. All sentences are to run concurrent, without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence and credit for time served. The case was prosecuted by Numa Metoyer and Cheryl Carter, Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorneys.

PRESS RELEASE

On July 26, 2017 a newly impaneled Grand Jury for the 9th Judicial District, Parish of Rapides, was sworn in to consider matters for the next 6 months. During their first session, the panel indicted Demetrice Montreal Welch for the offense of Second Degree Murder.

PRESS RELEASE

On Tuesday July 25, 2107 the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office was scheduled for trial in the matter entitled State versus Jeri Jerome Quinney on various felony charges. On the day of trial, Quinney elected to plead guilty instead. He pled to guilty and received sentences on each of the charges as follows: Domestic Abuse Battery-Strangulation (2 counts), one (1) year at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections on each count; Second Degree Battery (1 count) eight (8) years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections; and Attempted First Degree Feticide (1 count) five (5) years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. All sentences are to run consecutive with each other for a total of fifteen (15) years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Mr. Numa Metoyer, Assistant District Attorney, prosecuted this case.

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