February 2019 Press Releases

New Orleans’ Gabriel Hunter sentenced to 50 years for child molestation

February 28, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 28) secured a 50-year prison sentence for a New Orleans man convicted last November of child molestation. Criminal District Judge Camille Buras imposed the sentence upon 52-year-old Gabriel Hunter. A New Orleans jury last Nov. 9 found Hunter guilty of sexual molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13. Hunter faced…
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Scheming former New Orleans East car dealership managers plead guilty to theft

February 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office has secured felony theft convictions against two former New Orleans East car sales managers who defrauded customers and their dealership out of an estimated $350,000. Criminal District Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier, however, imposed no jail time upon Bryan Ashley Collins (pictured above left) and Lawrence “Mike” Thornton. Each received a three-year prison sentence that was suspended…
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New Orleans’ Finest: DA’s office investigator Jim O’Hern passes away at 65

February 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office is saddened to announce the death of longtime major cases investigator James Michael O’Hern. Known as Jim to his many friends, O’Hern passed away at home Wednesday morning (Feb. 20) with wife Belinda at his side, concluding a six-month battle with brain cancer. He was 65. “Jim O’Hern was one of the finest law enforcement…
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2 New Orleans teens indicted for murder in Gentilly carjacking that killed pastor’s wife

February 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 21) secured murder indictments against two New Orleans teens involved in a November 2018 carjacking that left a church pastor’s wife dead. The indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury charges 17-year-old Johntrell Robinson (pictured above left) and 18-year-old Edwin Cottrell (above right) each with the second-degree murder of Jeannot…
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Darnell Braud indicted for third murder after link through DNA evidence

February 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 21) secured a murder indictment against a man already jailed and awaiting trial for his second alleged killing. Darnell “Red” Braud, 27, stands accused of murder for the third time in his life, after an indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury charged him with the fatal shooting of Peter…
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Jonovan Parker indicted for murder of 17-year-old Renard Matthews

February 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 21) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of fatally shooting a New Orleans teenager in the Florida neighborhood last June. Jonovan Parker is charged with obstruction of justice in a murder investigation and with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Renard Matthews in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish…
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Devon Morris pleads guilty to attempted rape, sex crimes against juvenile girls

February 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 21) secured the conviction of a New Orleans man who sexually assaulted two juvenile girls in 2017. Devon Morris abruptly ended his third-degree rape trial in the middle of his defense presentation, by entering into a plea agreement that will see him serve 12 years in state prison and require his registration…
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Hao Luu pleads guilty to robbing 2 New Orleans Waffle Houses in 18 minutes

February 20, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Feb. 20) secured the conviction of an armed robber who held up two Waffle House restaurants in New Orleans East in the span of 18 minutes last October. Hao Luu, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery in connection with the heists. Under terms of a plea agreement, the state did…
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George Short pleads guilty to 2014 Central City killing

February 20, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Feb. 20) secured the conviction of a gunman responsible for killing a man in Central City in 2014. George Short averted his scheduled murder trial and potential life sentence by entering into a plea agreement as potential jurors lined up outside the courtroom of Criminal District Judge Arthur Hunter. Under terms of the…
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French Quarter gunman pleads guilty, gets 10 years on weapons charges

February 20, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Feb. 20) secured the conviction of a gunman who shot two people from a moving sport utility vehicle in the French Quarter early last year. Wendell Butler Jr. averted his trial scheduled for Feb. 25 by pleading guilty as charged to discharging a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and to…
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