Some first-time offenders may be eligible to have their criminal records expunged, or removed from the public record. This applies to both misdemeanor and felony arrests and, in some cases, convictions. The Rapides Parish Clerk of Court has information concerning this process on their website at www.rapidesclerk.org.
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.
The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s office presented several matters to the Rapides Parish Grand Jury at its meeting on June 28, 2107. As a result, the following indictments were returned: Nicholas Omar West for First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; Eddie Ray Jackson, Jr. for First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; Audreanna Dshae Cameron for Resisting A Police Officer; Kenderick Ray Norris for First Degree Rape and 3 counts of Cruelty to a Juvenile; Douglas Wayne Ponthieux for Second Degree Murder; and Shalynne Lacomalechie Johnson for Second Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice
State of Louisiana v. Troherro Keith Batiste Criminal Docket Number 330,421 Honorable Monique F. Rauls, Presiding Prosecuted by Numa V. Metoyer, III & Cheryl A. Carter Defendant Troherro Keith Batiste, 32 years old of Alexandria, was found guilty by a jury on 15 June 2017, of the charges of one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder, two counts of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, and one count of Second Degree Battery. His sentencing hearing is scheduled to commence on 14 August. This particular case not only emphasized nuances that are inherent in the psyche of victims of abuse, but also shed light on the plight of the homeless in our area - for both defendant and victim were homeless at the time of this incident. For better than two years, several business owners and civilians in the downtown area witnessed the victim being battered by the defendant, and routinely called the police - only for the victim to refuse to cooperate. Further investigation revealed that there were nine prior reported cases involving the defendant and victim. In this case, in a calculated attempt to mislead authorities, defendant had the victim phone 911 for assistance. Due to the severity of her injuries, however, the 911 operator was not able to understand her; which forced the defendant to speak. Defendant advised that the victim had been assaulted by an unknown female, gave the location of the victim, then promptly fled the scene. As the victim had informed one of the aramedics, as well as the trauma nurse at the emergency room, the identity of her attacker, the police were able to focus their investigation on Troherro Batiste. It should be noted that the injuries inflicted upon the victim by the defendant in this case included a subdural hematoma, a broken clavicle, two black eyes, and multiple contusions and lacerations all over her body. Fortunate for the victim, the attending physician immediately recognized the severity of her brain injury and promptly phoned in a specialist to perform emergency surgery, thus saving her life. At the trial of this matter the victim related to the jury a gruesome tale of domestic violence. She testified that she was unable to remember the current incident because of her traumatic brain injury, however she was able to recall many prior instances of domestic violence meted out upon her by Troherro Batiste: She told of the defendant breaking her finger so many times that her left hand was swollen due to a build-up of calcium deposits. She also recalled being hit in the head many times by the defendant - at least four of which required medical treatment wherein staples were utilized to close the wound. The victim also told the jury that the defendant had broken her jaw on more than one occasion, and had choked her many times. She also was forthcoming in that she told the jury that she had never been cooperative with police, or medical professionals that treated her, because he “loved him.” The State also called to testify several civilian and law enforcement officers to supplement where the victim’s memory was lacking. An all too common occurrence in domestic violence cases, a victim’s reluctance or refusal to cooperate is one reason the State may elect to pursue. As difficult as it may be to understand why someone would remain with an abuser and not be cooperative with police, we, as a society, must not be complacent. There is an old African proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child”, similarly it takes a community effort to stop domestic violence. We must be vigilant in recognizing the signs of domestic violence and be willing to get involved and help those who are unable to help themselves.