Press Releases

Clarence Cobbs pleads guilty, gets 25 years in kidnapping-burglary case

May 8, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (May 8) secured a guilty plea and 25-year prison sentence for a man who kidnapped a New Orleans East woman from her home in an attempt to rob her bank account in 2016. Clarence Cobbs, 57, pleaded guilty as charged to aggravated burglary and to an amended charge of second-degree kidnapping as part…
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Kentrell Lockett charged with 8 crimes, including 3 Gentilly-area carjackings

May 8, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (May 8) filed a bill of information charging Kentrell Lockett with eight crimes, including three Gentilly-area carjackings reported in the past 12 months. Lockett, 19, is charged with three counts of carjacking, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, one count of aggravated assault with a firearm, and two counts of possession…
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Louis Barnes charged in Bourbon Street shooting that claimed life of nurse

May 6, 2019
Louis Barnes was charged with manslaughter, attempted second-degree murder and a firearms offense in a bill of information announced Monday (May 6) by District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office. The charges are in connection with a Bourbon Street shooting that took the life of a bystander — 36-year-old registered nurse Julie Couvillon — in the early morning hours of Feb. 24,…
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Tyrone Myles found guilty of 7th Ward murder

May 2, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (May 2) secured the murder conviction of a gunman who fatally shot a New Orleans man in the 7th Ward in November 2017. An Orleans Parish jury deliberated three hours before finding Tyrone Myles guilty as charged of second-degree murder, in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Antoine Brumfield on Nov. 26, 2017.…
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Fatal Endymion night incident spurs 16-count indictment against Tashonty Toney

May 1, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (May 1) secured an indictment against the drunk driver who killed two cyclists and injured seven others when he plowed through an occupied bike lane at high speed on Esplanade Avenue two months ago during Mardi Gras. Tashonty Toney was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, six counts of first-degree vehicular negligent…
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DA Cannizzaro’s office to propose City adoption of overdose mapping tool today

April 30, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (April 30) will present and recommend for adoption ODMAP, a software platform that can aid New Orleans authorities in the fight to reduce opioid-related overdose deaths. Assistant District Attorney Andre Gaudin Jr. and Kristin A. Lyman of the Louisiana Public Health Institute are scheduled to present the proposed program at Tuesday’s 1 p.m.…
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Timothy Webb pleads guilty to obstruction in connection with 2008 double murder

April 24, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (April 24) secured the guilty plea of a former 7th Ward auto repair shop owner who admitted involvement in a grisly 2008 double murder at his business. Timothy Webb, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, as part of a plea agreement that will require his…
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Central City’s Wallace Burton pleads guilty to raping 2 young boys

April 18, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (April 18) secured the guilty plea of a Central City man who raped two young brothers in a New Orleans East house in 2016. Wallace Burton, 65, pleaded guilty to two amended counts of second-degree rape and was sentenced to 20 years in state prison as a double felony offender, under terms of…
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New Orleans DA unveils new, improved website at www.orleansda.com

April 18, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (April 18) announced the launch of its new, improved website that increases public access to a variety of services and which, for the first time, is optimized for mobile devices. The site’s address remains www.orleansda.com. The new website features a cleaner, more intuitive and interactive design, an array of easily accessible services for…
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Kareem Richards pleads guilty in 2015 killing of Landry-Walker student

April 17, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (April 17) announced it has secured the guilty plea of an Algiers man responsible for the fatal shooting of a Landry-Walker High School student in 2015. Kareem Richards, 23, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter, and guilty as charged to obstructing justice in a homicide investigation, in connection with the killing…
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