Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 21) secured murder indictments against two New Orleans teens involved in a November 2018 carjacking that left a church pastor’s wife dead.
The indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury charges 17-year-old Johntrell Robinson (pictured above left) and 18-year-old Edwin Cottrell (above right) each with the second-degree murder of Jeannot Plessy, and with the attempted second-degree murder of a 33-year-old man also injured at the scene. The fatal carjacking occurred in the 2400 block of Prentiss Avenue around 8:25 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2018.
According to witnesses and New Orleans police investigators, Plessy, 49, had arrived at her adult daughter’s home to pick up two of her preteen children. She was yanked out of her vehicle and thrown to the ground by a young man who climbed into the driver’s seat of her vehicle. When Plessy’s son-in-law heard screams and tried to intervene, the carjacker accelerated the vehicle in reverse, striking both victims and mortally wounding the woman.
NOPD homicide investigators wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit that Robinson admitted to stealing Plessy’s car and backing over her, while Cottrell used a stolen minivan to bring him to the scene and later to help him discard Plessy’s car in New Orleans East.
Cottrell and Robinson each face six additional charges outlined in the
indictment: Obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, obstruction of justice in an attempted-murder investigation, conspiracy to obstruct justice in a homicide investigation, simple robbery, conspiracy to commit simple robbery, and unauthorized
use of a movable.
Cottrell, who was 18 at the time of the offense, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of Plessy’s murder. Robinson would face a mandatory life sentence, but with the possibility of parole eligibility after 25 years, if convicted of Plessy’s murder. Robinson turned 17 the day before Plessy’s
Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.
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