September 2019 Press Releases

Gunmen plead guilty, get 60 years for fatal armed robbery in New Orleans East

September 13, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Sept. 13) secured guilty pleas and 60-year state prison sentences for two gunmen responsible for killing a New Orleans East store clerk during a botched armed robbery last year. Farnell Jackson Jr. (pictured above left) and Frank Sams Jr. (above right) averted their scheduled murder trial by entering into a plea agreement before…
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Darnell Braud found guilty of manslaughter in lakeside slaying of Peter Oatis Jr.

September 12, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 12) secured the manslaughter conviction of a gunman who fatally shot another man during an encounter near the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain in 2017. An Orleans Parish jury deliberated 5 hours and 20 minutes before finding Darnell “Red” Braud guilty of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder in the slaying of 22-year-old…
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Antoine Edwards convicted of 2016 double-murder in 7th Ward

September 12, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 12) secured the double-murder conviction of a New Orleans man who fatally shot two brothers as they sat inside a car parked in the 7th Ward three years ago. An Orleans Parish jury deliberated just over two hours before finding Antoine “Tweezy” Edwards guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in connection…
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Kendrick Nelson pleads guilty, gets 20 year for raping juvenile relative

September 6, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Sept. 6) announced it had secured a guilty plea and 20-year prison sentence for a New Orleans man who raped a juvenile relative more than five years ago. Kendrick Nelson averted his scheduled Sept. 16 trial for first-degree rape by entering into a plea agreement Thursday (Sept. 5) before Criminal District Judge Franz…
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