February 2020 Press Releases

Ghost Gang’s Dwight Washington convicted of drive-by double murder

February 14, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office late Thursday (Feb. 13) secured a double-murder conviction for a reputed Calliope Ghost Gang member responsible for killing two men and wounding two others in a June 2017 drive-by shooting attack on South Carrollton Avenue. An Orleans Parish jury deliberated five hours before finding Dwight Washington guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, in connection…
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Kentrell Banks indicted for January murder inside New Orleans East Walmart

February 13, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 13) secured a murder indictment against a gunman accused of killing a store assistant manager last month inside the New Orleans East Walmart Supercenter. Kentrell Banks (alias Kentrell Baham) was charged with the second-degree murder of 28-year-old London McKnight and with the attempted second-degree murder of a 25-year-old woman in the two-count…
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Eric Hill indicted for rape of Texas man beneath Treme overpass

February 13, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 13) secured an indictment charging a New Orleans felon identified through DNA results with the rape of a Texas man beneath a Treme freeway overpass in May 2017. Eric Hill was charged with second-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping in the two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Hill, 51,…
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Emmanuel Henry indicted for murder after botched 7th Ward armed robbery

February 13, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 13) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man whose botched armed robbery of two men outside a 7th Ward home resulted in a fatal shooting. Emmanuel Henry was charged with the second-degree murder of 56-year-old Carl Batiste, and with the armed robbery and attempted second-degree murder of Batiste’s 55-year-old friend…
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Michael Christopher drops defense mid-trial, takes 15 years for armed robberies

February 5, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Feb. 5) secured the guilty plea of a New Orleans man who admitted mid-trial that he participated in two 2018 armed robberies with two accomplices. After hearing opening arguments and the first few witnesses at his trial in the courtroom of Criminal District Judge Robin Pittman, Michael Christopher asked to abandon his plea…
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Ronald Claude pleads guilty, gets 20-year prison sentence for Little Woods killing

February 3, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (Feb. 3) announced it has secured a guilty plea and 20-year state prison sentence for a gunman who fatally shot a Little Woods man during a disputed drug deal in 2015. Ronald “Money” Claude averted his scheduled second-degree murder trial by pleading guilty Jan. 30 to an amended charge of manslaughter, in connection…
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Darnell Braud pleads guilty to 3rd killing, sentence extends to 140 years

February 3, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (Feb. 3) announced it had secured a third manslaughter guilty plea from a convicted New Orleans killer, as part of a plea agreement that extends his state prison sentence to 140 years. Darnell “Red” Braud averted a first-degree murder trial when he pleaded guilty to the amended charge of manslaughter in connection with…
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2 teens plead guilty in fatal carjacking that killed pastor’s wife Jeannot Plessy

February 3, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (Feb. 3) secured guilty pleas from two teens responsible for killing a local pastor’s wife during a November 2018 carjacking in Gentilly. Pictured above from left, 18-year-old Jontrell Robinson and 19-year-old Edwin Cottrell averted their scheduled second-degree murder trial by pleading guilty to amended charges of manslaughter in connection with the death of…
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