PROSECUTION


Pretrial Intervention


While some offenders pose a risk to citizens, in certain cases the community is best served by giving a nonviolent offender an opportunity to avoid conviction and incarceration. That second chance comes through the Pretrial Intervention Program.

Eligible defendants have an opportunity to enroll in and complete the program as an alternative to being charge and adjudicated. Participation is voluntary and not conditioned on pleading guilty.

When a defendant enters the program, they sign an agreement tailored to them and their situation. The agreements feature achievable goals and are structured to help the defendant avoid behavior likely to lead to future arrests. Conditions may include restitution and community service.

Upon successful completion of the program the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office will dismiss the charges against the defendant. However, if the defendant is charged with driving while intoxicated, the law requires the District Attorney to maintain an arrest record and all records concerning the placement into the Pretrial Intervention Program for a period of five years from the date of the arrest.

Pursuant to the agreement signed by the defendant, the defendant will not file a motion or rule to expunge the arrest or investigative file until the defendant is notified in writing that they have completed both the active and inactive phases of the Pretrial Intervention Program.

As a general rule, information gathered in the course of the Pretrial Intervention Program process is considered confidential. The information gathered in the course of the program application or participation should not be admissible as evidence in the case for which the defendant was charged, or in any subsequent civil, criminal or administrative proceeding.
 

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

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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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