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Orleans grand jury indicts 2 men in separate cases of juvenile rape

October 24, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 24) secured indictments charging two New Orleans men with raping juvenile victims in separate, unrelated cases. Jarius Richardson (pictured above left) was charged with three counts of first-degree rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping of the same 15-year-old girl in one indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Richardson,…
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New Orleans’ Christopher Steele indicted for murder at Gentilly skate park

October 17, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 17) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting a fellow skateboard enthusiast outside a Gentilly skate park in June. Christopher Steele was charged with the second-degree murder of 22-year-old David Magee, and with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, in the two-count indictment handed up…
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Raymond Green indicted for aggravated rape of young New Orleans girl

October 17, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 17) secured an indictment charging a New Orleans man with the aggravated rape of a preteen girl. Raymond Green was charged with one count of aggravated rape in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Green, 44, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the charge. Green…
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Aaron Lawrence indicted for August murder at home in Dixon neighborhood

October 17, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 17) indicted a New Orleans man for murder in connection with an August 2019 killing inside a home in the city’s Dixon neighborhood. Aaron “Yao” Lawrence was charged with the second-degree murder of 41-year-old Travis Smith, obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, and with being a felon in possession of a…
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New Orleans East man pleads guilty to manslaughter in newborn daughter’s killing

October 3, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 3) secured a guilty plea and 30-year state prison sentence for a New Orleans East man who killed his newborn daughter in January 2017. Arsenio Chambliss, 29, was to be tried Dec. 9 for the second-degree murder of his 4-week-old daughter Azyri Chambliss. He opted instead Thursday to enter into a plea…
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Erin Alonzo indicted for 2016 murder at New Orleans East bus stop

September 26, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 26) secured a murder indictment against a gunman accused of beating, robbing and fatally shooting a man at a New Orleans East bus stop on Thanksgiving Day 2016. Erin Alonzo is charged with the second-degree murder of 22-year-old Terrance Jackson, armed robbery and obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, in the…
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Kentrell Lockett sentenced to 10 years for string of carjackings

September 24, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (Sept. 24) secured a 10-year prison sentence for a New Orleans man who pleaded guilty in June to a series of carjackings and other crimes. Kentrell Lockett, 19, pleaded guilty in June to eight crimes, including three counts of carjacking, two counts of motor vehicle theft, and single counts of aggravated assault with…
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Serial rapist Alfred Berry pleads guilty, gets 35-year sentence

September 24, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (Sept. 24) announced it secured a guilty plea and 35-year prison sentence for a Louisiana state prison inmate linked by DNA evidence to six unsolved cold-case rapes committed in New Orleans in 1986-87. Alfred Berry, 52, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to six counts of second-degree rape and six counts of second-degree kidnapping, as…
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New Orleans man Regan Preatto found guilty of raping juvenile relative

September 20, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Sept. 20) secured the conviction of a New Orleans man who raped a juvenile relative in her mother’s home in 2017. An Orleans Parish jury deliberated three hours before finding Regan Preatto guilty of third-degree rape and of aggravated crime against nature. Preatto faces a state prison term of up to 25 years…
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DA Cannizzaro creates SALT unit to prosecute New Orleans human trafficking cases

September 19, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Thursday (Sept. 19) announced the creation of a specialized multi-agency unit that will coordinate and carry out the prosecutions of human trafficking cases in New Orleans. The SALT unit (Sex and Labor Trafficking) will operate under the direction of Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Livanos, working in conjunction with investigators from the FBI, Louisiana State Police,…
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