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Greensburg man gets life for 75-year-old’s murder in St. Helena

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Greensburg man gets life for 75-year-old’s murder in St. Helena
From District Attorney Scott Perrilloux:
GREENSBURG---On August 2, 2017 a St. Helena Parish jury found 37-year-old Michael Lynn Halford of Greensburg, LA, guilty of first degree murder of 75-year-old John Nelson Hornsby. On January 26, 2018 Halford was formally sentenced to life in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence by Judge Jeffery Johnson.

On August 7, 2012, St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an address on Rohner Road regarding a death and a burning home. The victim was charred from heat of the house fire and had 10 total abrasions on his head and face. There was also grass and dirt on the victim’s back which appeared to have come from the victim’s truck which was behind him with the tire tracks that appeared to have run over him and a maul was lying beside the victim’s body.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Hornsby owned several guns and assorted jewelry including a Rolex watch that would’ve been inside of the residence. There were no signs of guns or jewelry found inside or near the residence. Investigators concluded that these items were taken from the residence before the fire was set to cover up the burglary of the residence where Hornsby was murdered.

On September 12, 2012, SHSO was contacted by Louisiana State Police Crime Lab in reference to a DNA profile obtained from the fingernails of the victim. Michael Lynn Halford’s DNA was found. Louisiana State Police Crime Lab requested a swab from Halford. The DNA swab from Halford matched the DNA profile found from under the nails of Hornsby. A warrant was issued for Micheal Halford for First Degree Murder based on forensic evidence. On May 9, 2013 detectives received a call from a female who made a contact visit to Halford while incarcerated. The female advised detectives that during the visit Halford admitted to killing Hornsby and to search for a bag wrapped in plastic under the shed and that the guns and jewelry were located in the woods behind his mother’s residence. Consent to search property form was signed by the property owner and all property recovered was logged into evidence.

Before formal sentencing from Judge Johnson, Hornsby’s daughter thanked the SHSO and the Twenty-First Judicial District Attorney’s office for their hard work, diligence, and bringing forth justice for her father’s death. She described Hornsby as a U.S. Army Veteran, farmer, and a genuine hard working man who would help anyone. “I will get some peace knowing that Michael Halford is in prison for life without parole for the murder of my father," said the victim's daughter, Roxanne Hornsby.

Assistant District Attorney Richard McShan represented the state in this case.

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In other news from the District Attorney's Office:

AMITE---District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court on January 29, 2018 before Judge Jeffery Johnson and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

Tyshon Coleman, age 21, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to theft of a firearm, simple battery, and theft under $500.00. He was sentenced to 30 months with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Shamecia Dillon, age 40, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to two counts of issuing worthless checks $500.00 or more but less than $1,500.00. She was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for three years. She is ordered to pay a $750.00 fine along with court costs.

Ambrose Hebert, age 30, of Ponchatoula, LA, pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace by fighting. He was sentenced to 30 days in the parish jail. The sentence was suspended and he is ordered to pay a $500.00 fine along with court costs.

Demario Lamar, age 31, of Atlanta, GA, pleaded no contest to possession with intent to distribute schedule V controlled dangerous substances and possession of schedule I controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

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District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court on January 24, 2018 before Judge Jeffery Johnson and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

Patricia Barton, age 34, of Tickfaw, LA, pleaded no contest to two counts of possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances. She was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for three years. She is ordered to pay a $750.00 fine long with court costs.

Kevin Brumfield, age 47, of Roseland, LA, pleaded no contest to domestic abuse battery and resisting an officer. He was sentenced to six months in the parish jail. He received credit for time served.

Deontrie Carter, age 20, of Kentwood, LA, pleaded no contest to simple robbery. He was sentenced to seven years with the department of corrections. All but one year of the sentence was suspended and he will be placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to pay all fines and court costs.

Shep Garner, age 28, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to one year with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

James Knight, age 56, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to pay a $750.00 fine along with court costs.

Christopher Landry, age 26, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to two years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Rushon Maddox, age 42, of Hammond, LA, was sentenced to 10 years with the department of corrections for possession with intent to distribute schedule I controlled dangerous substances and third offense possession of marijuana. He received credit for time served.

Rocky Perez, age 26, of Amite, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to pay a $750.00 fine along with court costs.

Bolivar Rodriguez, age 49, of Robert, LA, pleaded no contest to simple battery. He was sentenced to six months in the parish jail. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for one year. He is ordered to pay a $500.00 fine along with court costs.

Robert Stephens, age 66, of Amite, LA, pleaded no contest to possession with intent to distribute schedule II controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to pay all fines and court costs.

Joseph Taylor, age 40, of Amite, LA, pleaded no contest to possession with intent to distribute schedule I controlled dangerous substances and possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to seven years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

James Wallace, age 40, of Ponchatoula, LA, pleaded no contest to carnal knowledge of a juvenile. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to register as a sex offender and pay a $750.00 fine along with court costs.

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District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court on January 23, 2018 before Judge Douglas Hughes and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

Carmandes Brim, age 33, of Kentwood, LA, pleaded no contest to two counts of sexual battery, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, obstruction of justice, and attempted home invasion. Sentencing is scheduled for February 28, 2018.

Jerroy Brumfield, age 29, of Kentwood, LA, pleaded no contest to attempted second degree murder. He was sentenced to seven years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Johnny Hart Jr., age 24, of Ponchatoula, LA, pleaded no contest to simple burglary. He was sentenced to two years with the department of corrections. The sentence was deferred and he was placed on probation for two years. He is ordered to pay all fines and court costs.

Cameron Hegwood, age 17, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to 26 counts of simple burglary and another 13 counts of simple burglary. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended and he placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to pay a $500.00 fine along with court costs and restitution.

Richard Jackson, age 42, of Fluker, LA, pleaded no contest to second and third offense driving while intoxicated Sentencing is scheduled for February 28, 2018.

Brian Jones, age 54, of Ponchatoula, LA, pleaded no contest to simple burglary. He was sentenced to two years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Earlvonte Pines, age 25, of Amite, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances, possession with intent to distribute schedule II controlled dangerous substances, and possession of a firearm while in possession of narcotics. Sentencing is scheduled for February 28, 2018.

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District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court on January 22, 2018 before Judge Charlotte Foster and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

Lavell Bernard, age 32, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Charles Judge, age 24, of Mosspoint, MS, pleaded no contest to simple burglary and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm. He was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections. The sentence was deferred and he was placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to pay a $500.00 fine along with court costs.

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District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court on January 22, 2018 before Judge Elizabeth Wolfe and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

Brandon Cyprian, age 32, of Amite, LA, pleaded no contest to two counts possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Michael Day, age 46, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to distribution of schedule II controlled dangerous substances and simple escape. He was sentenced to 10 years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Amber Gonzales, age 37, of Folsom, LA, pleaded no contest to creation or operation of a clandestine laboratory. She was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. She received credit for time served. This sentence is to run consecutively with a 15 year sentence she is currently serving.

Shawn Landry, age 25, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon and illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500.00. He was sentenced to 10 years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Joshua Pitts, age 26, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to illegal carrying of a firearm and possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to two years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for two years. He is ordered to pay all fines and court costs.

Marvin Thompson, age 35, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to attempted possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon. Sentencing is scheduled for February 9, 2018.