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Ponchatoula man convicted on gun, resisting charges

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2020 | Views: 3407

Ponchatoula man convicted on gun, resisting charges

Press Release from District Attorney Scott Perrilloux:

AMITE---District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that 27-year-old Harold Matthews, of Ponchatoula, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, five counts of resisting an officer, and introduction of contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail.

On November 21, 2019, officers from Hammond Street Crimes, Ponchatoula Street Crimes, and Louisiana State Probation and Parole attempted to affect an arrest on Harold Matthews in reference to multiple warrants through all agencies involved. Upon arrival to Matthews’ Ponchatoula residence, officers observed Matthews flee into the house then attempt to exit the residence through the window with a gun. While attempting to apprehend, two officers got into a physical altercation with Matthews in the rear bedroom after he fled back into the room. More officers made their way into the residence to assist with apprehension. Matthews continued to resist until officers were able to handcuff him and locate the black Glock 26 9mm. Probation and Parole confirmed that Matthews was a convicted felon and could not be in possession of a firearm.

Matthews was taken into custody by Ponchatoula Police Department, where he was booked on his outstanding warrants. He was then released to Hammond Street Crime where he was transported to Hammond Police Department where he was booked on city warrants, fugitive from Probation and Parole, five counts of resisting an officer, and felon in possession of a firearm. During the booking process, a corrections officer found synthetic marijuana inside of Matthews’ underwear. The charge of introduction of contraband was added on to Matthews’ charges.

Harold Mathews was sentenced to 10 years with the department of corrections. Time is to be served concurrently. He received credit for time served.

Assistant District Attorney Le’Anne Malnar represented the State of Louisiana; Judge Elizabeth Wolfe handed down the sentence.

In other news from criminal court in Amite, Perrilloux reports that John Tickles, Jr., 24, of Ponchatoula, appeared in court on May 20, 2020 before Judge Robert Morrison and pleaded no contest to possession of schedule I controlled dangerous substances- heroin, simple escape, and possession of schedule II controlled dangerous- cocaine. 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.

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District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court on May 13, 2020 before Judge Brenda Ricks and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

David Burton, age 31, of Hammond, LA, pleaded guilty to attempted failure to register as a sex offender, possession of schedule I controlled dangerous substances, and possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to two years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Edward Cupit, age 39, of Pine Grove, LA, pleaded guilty to distribution or possession with intent to distribute schedule II controlled dangerous substances, monetary instrument abuse, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Same Johnson, age 68, of Amite, LA, pleaded guilty to simple burglary, unauthorized entry of business, theft, remaining after being forbidden. He was sentenced to four years in the parish jail. He received credit for time served.

Jeffery Lewis, age 39, of Hammond, LA, pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and two counts of resisting an officer with force or violence. He was sentenced to six years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Clifton Pines, age 42, of Hammond, LA, pleaded guilty contest to two counts of entry or remaining after forbidden. He was sentenced to 86 days in the parish jail.

Richmon Pope, age 21, of Hammond, LA, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm by convicted felon and failure to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Jemal Williams, age 21, of Hammond, LA, pleaded guilty to second degree battery. 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 $1,200.00 fine along with court costs.

Gaige Ziegler, age 18, of Amite, LA, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to simple robbery. He was sentenced to three and a half years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended, and he was placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to pay an $1,800.00 fine along with court costs.

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District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court on May 4, 2020 before Judge Brenda Ricks and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

Christa Brady, age 35, of Amite, LA, pleaded guilty to simple battery, resisting an officer, hit and run driving, possession of marijuana, possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances, driving while intoxicated, and no driver’s license. 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 $1,800.00 fine along with court costs.

Reginald Burkett, age 41, of Amite, LA, pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to two years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Dajuan Davis, age 22, of Hammond, LA, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute schedule I controlled dangerous substances and possession with intent to distribute schedule II controlled dangerous substances. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Eddie Easterling, age 27, of Franklinton, LA, pleaded no contest to driving while intoxicated- second offense. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. Four years of the sentence was suspended, and he will be placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to pay a $2,000.00 fine along with court costs.

Johnny Kelly, age 28, of Marrero, LA, pleaded guilty to simple robbery. He was sentenced to seven years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Cory Primus, age 29, of Hammond, LA, pleaded guilty to resisting an officer, possession of marijuana, simple criminal damage to property under $1,000. Sentencing is scheduled for August 8, 2020.

Nicholas Rios, age 29, of Denham Springs, LA, pleaded guilty to possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substances and trespassing. He was sentenced to one year with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Devin Saxon, age 25, of Roseland, LA, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of stolen things, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of simple burglary, and introduction of contraband into or upon the grounds of any state correctional institution. He was sentenced to four years with the department of corrections. Time is to be served concurrently.



District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court before Judge Brian Abels and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

May 1, 2020

John Montgomery, age 40, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to simple burglary. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

May 6, 2020

Shane Vezinat, age 34, of Independence, LA, was sentenced to eight years with the department of corrections for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and simple burglary. Time is to be served concurrently. He received credit for time served.

May 11, 2020

Michael Reid, age 44, of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to two counts of simple burglary. 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 $750.00 fine along with court costs.


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