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.
Courts are on the 4th and 6th floors of the Rapides Parish Courthouse
Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions. On June 14, 2018, Spencer Joe James Echols stood before Judge Harry F. Randow, Ad Hoc, and pleaded guilty to the offenses of Second Degree Rape and Attempted Murder 2. Echols was sentenced to 30 years at hard labor for the offense of Second Degree Rape, and 15 years at hard labor for the offense of Attempted Murder 2. Both sentences are to be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. In addition, Echols must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Assistant District Attorney John Giordano prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.
On May 11, 2018, Judge Harry F. Randow, Ad Hoc, sentenced Kendrick Treman Davis to 20 years at hard labor for the offense of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, to be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence; 20 years at hard labor for the offense of Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS I (Heroin), with the first 10 years to be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence; 10 years at hard labor for the offense of Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS II (Fentanyl); and five years at hard labor for the offense of Negligent Homicide. Davis received the maximum sentences allowed by law for the offenses of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS II (Fentanyl), and Negligent Homicide. All sentences are to be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. After a request from the mother of the victim in the victim impact statement, the Court also ordered Davis to undergo a substance abuse evaluation while in the custody of the Department of Corrections and receive any necessary treatment programs. Davis pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charges on May 9, 2018. Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Mosley prosecuted this case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. This case arose out of the prosecution of Davis in conjunction with an overdose death attributable to Fentanyl.
This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, with the theme “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.” Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell and his office were proud sponsors of the Fifth Annual Victims Rights Parade held Saturday, April 7, 2018. As part of the commemoration of this year’s Victims’ Rights Week, our own Assistant District Attorney Numa V. Metoyer, III was a speaker at the event. The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office is committed to providing services and support to all crime victims through our Victim Assistance Program. This program is designed to assist victims and families through the justice process by providing information, answering questions and helping with problems arising as a result of the crime. The leaders of our Victim Assistance Program are Melanie Millet and Clifford Gaitlin.