Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sex offender gets 16 years in jail for 2X failing to register

Sex offender gets 16 years in jail for 2X failing to register
Posted: Mar 1, 2019
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From District Attorney Warren Montgomery

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Michael Berry, 62, pleaded guilty Thursday (Feb. 27) to failure to register as a sex offender second offense. District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher sentenced Berry to 16 years in prison.

Berry was convicted of forcible rape in New Orleans and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on or about May 12, 1993. Upon his release from Rayburn Correctional Center in February 2016, he lived in different jurisdictions and ultimately registered as a sex offender in St. Tammany Parish. He scheduled an appointment on or about Oct. 19, 2017 to complete the required change of address form, but he did not report as scheduled.

When officers went to contact him at his registered address in Lacombe, they learned he had not lived there since October 2017. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals in New Orleans in July 2018.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford.

Berry also had been convicted in New Orleans on Aug. 24, 2015, for failure to register and bail jumping. He has the following additional prior convictions: aggravated burglary, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and attempted burglary.