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Man who abused relative in cage will be sentenced Monday

Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Views: 2009

Man who abused relative in cage will be sentenced Monday
AMITE---Sentencing is scheduled on Monday for an Amite man accused of keeping an autistic family member locked in a cage and abusing her after her mother’s death.

On Monday, June 10, Terry Joseph Knope, II, of Amite is scheduled to be sentenced on charges of human trafficking, cruelty to the infirmed, exploitation of the infirmed, aggravated battery, and second degree kidnapping.

Knope was arrested in June 2016 on charges that he and several members of his household were holding a younger family member captive, caged in a backyard, and subjecting her to physical and psychological abuse.

The case drew national attention, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office also brought charges against Knope, his wife Raylaine, and three adult relatives in this case.

Last month, the district court sentenced Raylaine Knope to 29 years in the Department of Corrections on similar charges. She was given credit for time served.

Terry Knope is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Douglas Hughes during Monday’s trial docket.

In other news from Amite criminal court, District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court on May 21, 2019, before Judge Douglas Hughes and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

Michael Crouch, age 24, of Albany, LA, pleaded no contest to attempted armed robbery. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

David Hallman, age 61, 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. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for two years. He is ordered to pay a $500.00 fine along with court costs.

Terry Knope, age 45, of Amite, LA, pleaded no contest to human trafficking, cruelty to the infirmed, exploitation of infirmed, aggravated battery, and second degree kidnapping. Sentencing is scheduled for June 10, 2019.

Raylaine Knope, age 42, of Amite, LA, pleaded no contest to human trafficking, cruelty to the infirmed, exploitation of infirmed, aggravated battery, and second degree kidnapping. She was sentenced to 29 years with the department of corrections. She received credit for time served.

Bridgett Lambert, age 22, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to cruelty to the infirmed. She was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for five years. Three years of the sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for three years. She is ordered to pay a $500.00 fine along with court costs.

Matthew McKinney, age 29, Robert, LA, pleaded no contest to possession with intent to distribute schedule II controlled dangerous substances, monetary instrument abuse, and resisting an officer with force. He was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.
 
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