March 2019 Press Releases

Marcel Davis Jr. gets 8 years in scalding water child-cruelty case

March 29, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office announced Friday (March 29) it secured guilty pleas and an eight-year prison sentence for a New Orleans man who forced a 4-year-old boy to incur severe burns in scalding-hot bathtub water last April. Marcel Davis Jr., 26, pleaded guilty as charged on March 22 to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and to domestic abuse battery…
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Little Woods’ Vickie Pryor sentenced to 10 years for vehicular homicide

March 29, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office announced Friday (March 29) it secured a guilty plea to vehicular homicide from a Little Woods woman who had cocaine in her system when she crashed head-on into a telephone pole in 2016, killing her 59-year-old male passenger in New Orleans East. Vickie Pryor, who turns 52 on Monday, pleaded guilty as charged to the…
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3 indicted for murder, armed robbery of New Orleans rapper ‘Young Greatness’

March 28, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (March 28) announced the indictment of three men believed responsible for the 2018 murder and armed robbery of Theodore Jones, the New Orleans rap music performer better known as “Young Greatness.” Donald “Toothy” Reaux, 38 and pictured above left; Donny “Lahfivve” Maxwell, 18 and pictured above right; and 16-year-old Lovance “Bo” Wix each…
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Accused serial rapist Daniel Meridy indicted for 5 New Orleans kidnapping rapes

March 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (March 21) secured the indictment of an accused serial rapist linked by DNA results to the sexual assaults of at least eight women in two states. Daniel Meridy was charged with five counts of aggravated/first-degree rape and five counts of aggravated kidnapping in the 10-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand…
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Tyrone Fountain indicted for murder of New Orleans talent agent Marla Belin

March 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (March 21) secured a murder indictment against a 7th Ward man accused of fatally injuring a New Orleans talent promoter while stealing the woman’s purse last December. Tyrone Fountain, 40, was charged with the second-degree murder of Marla Belin in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Fountain faces a…
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Erik Beasley indicted for murder in connection with mother’s fiery death

March 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (March 21) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of burning his mother to death inside her New Orleans East home last November. Erik Beasley was charged with aggravated arson and with a non-capital charge of first-degree murder of his 78-year-old mother Sarah Beasley in the indictment handed up by an Orleans…
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Central city’s Alvin Berfect pleads guilty to manslaughter, 26 other crimes

March 20, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (March 20) secured the guilty plea of a Central City man responsible for the hit-and-run death of a cyclist, six armed robberies and 20 other assorted crimes committed both in and out of jail. Alvin Berfect, 29, admitted guilt to the 27 criminal counts he faced as part of a plea agreement that…
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Jeremie Bailey pleads guilty to manslaughter, attempted murder

March 19, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (March 19) secured the conviction of a gunman who killed one man and wounded another in two separate Algiers-area shootings three years apart. After hearing testimony from the first four witnesses at his murder trial that opened Tuesday, Jeremie Bailey asked whether he still could enter into a plea agreement offered before jury…
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DA’s office investigator Chad Stokes honored with Beyond The Badge award

March 19, 2019
Chad Stokes, an investigator for District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office, was honored for his selfless service to the community Tuesday (March 19) with a prestigious Heart of Law Enforcement Award from the advocacy group Beyond The Badge. Stokes received the award at a luncheon in Baton Rouge, with Cannizzaro and a handful of investigator colleagues and supervisors in attendance. The…
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Charles Monroe found guilty of 2017 New Orleans East gas station murder

March 19, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office late Tuesday night (March 19) secured the conviction of a gunman who murdered a man at a New Orleans East gas station in April 2017. An Orleans Parish jury deliberated 50 minutes before finding Charles Monroe guilty as charged of second-degree murder in the slaying of 24-year-old Lance McCormick. The same jury acquitted Monroe of…
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