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Livingston man sentenced to 60 years for stabbing in Satsuma

Posted: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | Views: 4908

Livingston man sentenced to 60 years for stabbing in Satsuma

Livingston- District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that on February 7, 2018, a criminal jury trial for Caleb Lejeune, age 30, of Livingston, LA, was scheduled to begin when Lejeune with the advisement of his defense attorneys entered a plea of “no contest” to manslaughter and obstruction of justice in the death of Joy Messina.

On August 30, 2014, LPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence on South Satsuma Road in Livingston, LA to investigate a homicide. Deputies made entry made into the residence and discovered a female on the floor with massive trauma to her throat and a trail of blood going into the bedroom. A silver pocket knife with a wooden handle was discovered behind the residence; the knife was placed into evidence and sent to Louisiana State Crime Lab for DNA testing and fingerprints.

While authorities were still investigating the homicide, Lejeune was seen passing the residence in a white vehicle when detectives conducted a traffic stop. Lejeune was advised of his Miranda Rights and placed into custody.

Caleb LeJeune was sentenced to 40 years for manslaughter and 20 years for obstruction of justice. Time is to be served consecutively, totaling 60 years of hard labor with the department of corrections.

Caleb Lejeune’s plea and sentence were suggested with the consent of the victim’s family.

Assistant District Attorney Brad Cascio represented the state; Judge Elizabeth Wolfe handed down the sentence.