Within 30 days, victims are contacted by a prosecutor, and kept informed throughout the case. Victims are informed of their rights, including the right to make a statement at sentencing and seek reparations. Staff answers any questions victims have about the judicial system and prepares them for what to expect in court.
For those who need it, the program provides counseling referrals and assistance acquiring services such as food, medical care and shelter. If victims miss work due to a case, staff will notify their employers.
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.