Press Releases

Donnell Brown III pleads guilty, gets 35 years for 2018 Mother’s Day parade killing

July 18, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (July 18) secured a guilty plea and 35-year state prison sentence for a New Orleans man who fatally shot a romantic rival and wounded a teenaged bystander near a Mother’s Day second-line parade in May 2018. Donnell Brown III averted a scheduled July 24 murder trial in which he faced a potential life…
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Louisiana DCFS offers low-cost driver’s license reinstatement to late child support payers from Aug. 1-Sept. 30

July 18, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (July 18) announced an upcoming state offer allowing a low-cost way for late child support payers to get their driver’s licenses reinstated. From Aug. 1-Sept. 30, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services will accept applicants for its “On the Road Again” program. Non-custodial parents who have had their driver’s licenses…
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Convicted sex offender Juancheus Ceasar pleads guilty to 2 New Orleans rapes

July 16, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (July 16) secured guilty pleas and a 20-year prison sentence for a convicted sex offender linked by DNA to the kidnappings and rapes of two New Orleans women in the past 20 years. Juancheus “Juan” Ceasar averted a potential life sentence by entering into a plea agreement before ad hoc Criminal District Judge…
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Orleans Parish DA’s office closed July 11-12 for inclement weather

July 11, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro announced the Orleans Parish DA’s office will be closed July 11-12 in preparation for Tropical Storm Barry. The closure follows the similar decision by the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and other city offices to shut down Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm’s arrival. Cannizzaro encourages all OPDA employees, New Orleans residents and visitors…
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Elvis Gavarette pleads guilty, gets 10 years for Lower Garden District sexual assault

July 1, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (July 1) secured a guilty plea and 10-year prison sentence for a man who sexually assaulted a woman as she walked to a friend’s home in the Lower Garden District in December 2017. Elvis Gavarette averted an upcoming trial for attempted second-degree rape by pleading guilty to two amended counts of sexual battery.…
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Former NYPD officer indicted for murder in Treme shooting death

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 27) secured a murder indictment against a former New York City police officer accused of fatally shooting a man in March outside a Treme apartment building. Gerardo Bugallo-Beret was charged with the second-degree murder of Tyrone Reese in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Bugallo-Beret, 29, faces a…
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Jorge Hernandez indicted for kidnapping, raping 3 New Orleans women

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 27) secured an indictment charging a man with kidnapping and raping three women in New Orleans over the past six years. Jorge Hernandez was charged with three counts of aggravated kidnapping and three counts of first-degree (or aggravated) rape in the indictment handed up by the Orleans Parish grand jury. Hernandez, 37,…
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Robert Froeba indicted for murder of man bludgeoned with rock outside church

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday secured a murder indictment against a man accused of bludgeoning another man to death with a rock outside a Central City church in February. Robert Froeba was charged with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation and with the second-degree murder of 30-year-old Jose Hernandez in the two-count indictment handed up by an…
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Eugene Weather indicted for Algiers murder, Hollygrove carjacking

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 27) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting a man in Algiers in April and carjacking a second victim nearly a week later in Hollygrove. Eugene Weather was charged with the second-degree murder of Jonathon Simmons, obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, carjacking and being…
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New Orleans teen indicted for murder in February shooting of Hollygrove youth

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 27) secured a murder indictment against a 16-year-old juvenile accused of fatally shooting a 14-year-old boy in Hollygrove in February. Latrell Alexis (aka Alexis Latrell) was charged with the second-degree murder of JaMichael Frith in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. If convicted of the murder, Alexis would…
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