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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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Alexander Kirby indicted for murder of ex-girlfriend at French Quarter diner

August 30, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Aug. 30) announced it has secured a murder indictment against a man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend during a confrontation at the French Quarter diner where she worked. Alexander Kirby is charged with the second-degree murder of 33-year-old Shay de St. Germain, attempted second-degree murder of her new boyfriend, two counts of…
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Thomas Singleton indicted for kidnapping, rape of Texas tourist

August 30, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Aug. 30) announced it has secured an indictment charging a New Orleans man with kidnapping and raping a woman visiting the city’s Central Business District and French Quarter six months ago. Thomas Anthony Singleton was charged with first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping in the two-count indictment handed up Aug. 29 by an Orleans…
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James Young indicted for first-degree rape in Algiers sexual assault case

August 30, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Aug. 30) announced it has secured an indictment against a New Orleans man accused of raping a female acquaintance four months ago in Algiers. James Young is charged with one count of first-degree rape in the indictment handed up Aug. 29 by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Young, 63, faces a mandatory lifetime…
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Alfred Simmons indicted for murdering ex-girlfriend stalked in New Orleans East

August 29, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 29) announced it has secured the indictment of a man accused of stalking and murdering his ex-girlfriend five months ago in New Orleans East. Alfred Simmons is charged with the second-degree murder of 40-year-old Shareen Smith in the indictment handed up Aug. 22 by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Simmons, 43, additionally…
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Michael Young pleads guilty, gets 27 years after killing cousin inside Central City bar

August 20, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (Aug. 20) secured the guilty plea of a New Orleans man who fatally shot his cousin in the head three years ago inside a Central City bar. Michael J. Young averted a scheduled murder trial by pleading guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter in connection to the death of 42-year-old Greg Young…
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Sean Newman pleads guilty, gets 10 years for fatally stabbing cousin near Lakefront Airport

August 15, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 15) secured the guilty plea of a New Orleans man who fatally stabbed a cousin during a 2016 scuffle near the Lakefront Airport. Sean Newman averted his scheduled murder trial by pleading guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter in connection with the killing of 25-year-old Darnell Ussery on May 16, 2016.…
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