Racketeering indictment details teens’ progression from car burglaries to murder
June 26, 2019
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office late Wednesday (June 26) secured a superseding special grand jury indictment charging four New Orleans youths with violating the Louisiana Racketeering Act.
The new indictment handed up by the Orleans Parish special grand jury charges (pictured above, from left) 20-year-old Joshua Augillard, 18-year-old Reginald Blanton and 19-year-old Corey Harris, along with 16-year-old Ladonte Richardson (not pictured) with conspiring on and operating a deadly criminal enterprise. Starting as teens, the participants escalated their criminal activities from vehicle burglaries and auto thefts to the murder and attempted murders of rivals, leaving a trail of violence and victims throughout New Orleans starting in the summer of 2015.
Violation of the Louisiana Racketeering Act carries a penalty of up to 50 years in state prison upon conviction. The group was indicted on murder and conspiracy charges a week ago, but it wasn’t until this week that the special grand jury took up the
racketeering charge and returned a true bill on that count.
The new indictment details 61 overt acts committed in furtherance of the alleged criminal enterprise, including numerous vehicle burglaries, auto thefts, armed robberies and
three separate shooting incidents. The shootings resulted in four counts of attempted second-degree murder, and one count of second-degree murder.
All but Richardson are charged with the second-degree murder of Tyneisha Muse, who was fatally shot in the 3500 block of North Prieur Street in the St. Claude neighborhood on March 29, 2019. If convicted of murdering Muse, mandatory lifetime prison sentences would await Augillard, Blanton and Harris.
“The progression of criminal activity detailed in this new indictment shows how insufficient interventions for juvenile offenders can cost lives within a few years,” Cannizzaro said. “If left unchecked, some of those involved in so-called ‘non-violent’ offenses such as vehicle burglaries can feel emboldened, and escalate quickly into more serious crimes such as shootings and murder. It is unfortunate that so many people had to be victimized by these young offenders before they face meaningful consequences.”
Assistant District Attorneys Alex Calenda and Irena Zajickova presented the case to the special grand jury.
To view the racketeering charge and the list of 61 alleged overt acts, click here.