Louisiana Offenders

 

 Adam Comeaux

Victims: Ida Voiselle, 72, and Ruby Voiselle Smith, 63

Age at time of murders: 17

Crime location: Alexandria

Crime date: September 1, 1985

Crimes: Home invasion, rape, & double murder

Weapon: Cypress knee doorstop

Murder method: Beating

Sentence: Death, later reduced to life without parole (LWOP)

Incarceration status:  Incarcerated

Summary

Ruby and Ida were sisters and lived across the street from one another. They often spent the night at Ruby’s home. It was at Ruby’s home where the sisters were attacked and butchered in 1985. Comeaux invaded the home and beat them to death with a doorstop. The 17-year-old home-invader also raped Ruby. Comeaux was convicted and sentenced to death but his sentence was reversed and another penalty hearing was held. The second jury, upon considering Comeaux’s youth and mental retardation, unanimously recommended the death penalty. Comeaux was sentenced to death but re-sentenced to life at hard labor with no parole after the Supreme Court prohibited the death penalty for intellectually disabled offenders in Atkins v. Virginia. After Miller v. Alabama, Comeaux got another sentencing hearing and was sentenced to LWOP. His sentence was upheld.

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 Adam Comeaux

Armstrong Desvallons

Age at time of crime: 13

Victim: Viloude Linsey Louis

Location: Terrytown

Date:  June 16, 2013

Method: Beating

Conviction: Guilty plea to negligent homicide

Sentence: Three years in juvenile detention

Terrytown 5-year-old allegedly killed by brother's wrestling moves is remembered as special daughter, sister

Summary

Desvalloons killed his younger sister while performing WWE wrestling moves on her. He was sentenced as a juvenile to three years in detention.

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Armstrong Desvallons

 

Cedrick Berryhill 

Suspect’s age: 16

Victim: Jonathan Hall, 27, Delmar Noel Soto-Artega, 24, Ricardo Gomez, 35, & Jesus Sanchez-Espinoza, 37

Crime location: St. Roch, Louisiana

Crime date: December 2010

Charges: Aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping, rape, attempted second degree murder, & second-degree murder

Summary

In December 2010, residents of St. Roch, Louisiana endured a terrifying crime spree involving home invasions, kidnappings, rapes and murders. A suspect has been charged but ruled incompetent to stand trial.

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Cedrick Berryhill

Cedric Howard, Daveon McCullough, Joseph Elie, & Joseph Green

Victim: Rita Sybil Juneau Rabalais, 82

Killers:  Joseph Elie III, 17, Daveon McCullough, 17, Cedric Howard, 16, Joseph Green, 15, Fredrick Gradley, Jerry Joseph, Lonnie Simmons, Jr., Frederick  Bush, & Joseph General

Crime date: October 24, 1994

Crime location: Alexandria

Crimes: Home invasion, robbery, & murder

Weapons: Pipe, knives, wire, & person

Murder method: Beating and stabbing

Murder motivation: Robbery, gang initiation, & witness elimination

Convictions:  Joseph & Elie–guilty plea to manslaughter; Green & McCullough–second-degree murder; Gradley & Howard-first-degree murder

Sentence: Elie-13 years; McCullough–life without parole (LWOP); Howard-death, later reduced to LWOP; Gradley-death

Daveon McCullough's effort to one day get chance at parole gets delayed  again
McCullough
Joseph Elie represents himself in court for arson case motions, loses
Elie
 Rita Sybil <I>Juneau</I> Rabalais
Rita

Summary

During a gang initiation, a group of assailants, four of them juveniles, invaded Rita’s home to rob her and then murdered her. Rita, who was targeted because she was believed to have a lot of money, was surrounded, grabbed by the hair, and slammed to the ground. The attackers kicked her, beat her, hit her in the head with a pipe, and stabbed her with knives from her kitchen. Howard also choked the 82-year-old woman with wire. The killers then ransacked Rita’s home. The offenders were apprehended, with some being convicted at trial and some pleading guilty. According to Joseph, the killers planned to murder Rita if she recognized Howard, who lived in the neighberhood. One of the juvenile killers, Joseph Elie, was released from prison but has been charged with second-degree battery and aggravated arson.

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Chakha James

Name: Chakha Danny James

Victim: Shelby McCan

Age at time of murder:  17

Crime location: Alexandria

Crime date: May 27, 1995

Partners in crime:  Three other juveniles

Crimes: Robbery & murder

Weapon: Person

Murder method: Beating

Convictions: Guilty plea to second-degree murder

Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP) later reduced to life with parole

Incarceration status:

Shelby was sitting on her porch when James and three other youth targeted her for a robbery and beat her to death. Shelby died the next day. James pleaded guilty and was sentenced to LWOP. He later had his sentence reduced.

STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS CHAKHA DANNY JAMES

Connor Wood

Victim: Geraldine Wood, John Wood, & Matthew Whittington, 16

Age at time of murder: 15

Crime date: March 14, 2007

Weapon: 9 mm Glock,  9 mm Jiminez Arms pistol, and 7.65 mm MAB pistol

Murder method: Gunshots

Sentence: Life in prison

Matthew

Summary

Wood murdered his parents Geraline and John and his neighbor Matthew.

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Henry Montgomery

Victim: Officer Charles Hurt, 39

Age at time of murder: 17

Crime location: East Baton Rouge

Crime date: November 13, 1963

Crimes: Murder of a police officer in the performance of his duties

Weapon: .22 caliber handgun

Murder method:  Gunshot

Sentence: Death later reduced to life without parole (LWOP)

Henry Montgomery Paved the Way for Other Juvenile Lifers to Go Free. Now  72, He May Never Get the Same Chance.
Montgomery circa 1963
Juvenile Officer Charles H. Hurt | East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
Officer Hurt

Summary

Montgomery murdered Charles Hurt, a sheriff’s deputy and father of three. Montgomery was convicted and sentenced to death but the conviction reversed on grounds that he did not have a fair trial due to public prejudice. Montgomery received a second trial in 1969 and was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Following Miller v. Alabama, he filed a new motion to correct his sentence. His case was taken to the Supreme Court which ruled that Miller was retroactive in Montgomery v. Lousiana.

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Larry McClinton

Victim: Angela Hargons, 21

Age at time of murder: 17

Crime location: Pineville

Crime date: April 1991

Weapon: Firearm

Murder method:  Gunshot

Sentence: Life in prison

Incarceration status: Incarcerated

Summary

McClinton murdered Angela and wounded her mother. He was denied parole 2019.

https://www.kalb.com/content/news/Man-convicted-of-killing-Pineville-woman-in-1991-denied-parole-562743961.html

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Louis Gibson

Victim: Latrone Davis plus several injuries

Age at time of murder: 17

Crime location: New Orleans

Crime date: March 18, 1993

Weapon: Firearm

Murder method: Gunshots

Convictions: Second-degree murder

Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP)

Incarceration status: Released

Summary

Gibson murdered one person and injured several others after firing his gun at two occupied cars. He was sentenced to LWOP but later released.

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Mark St. Julien

Victim: Alyssa Michelle Case, 13

Age at time of murder: 15

Crime location: Lafayette

Crime date: May 29, 2002

Crimes: Home invasion & murder

Weapon: Candle & knife

Murder method: Beating, choking, & slashing

Sentence: Life in prison

Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola)

St. Julien invaded Alyssa’s home with the intent to steal. Alyssa, age 13, threw a large candle at the intruder and screamed at him to leave. St. Julien then held Alyssa down, choking her, and repeatedly beat her in the face with the candle. To make sure she was dead he slit her throat.

Alyssa Michelle Case | National Organization of Victims of Juvenile  Murderers

Raymond Green

Victim: Johnny Mitchell, 17

Age at time of murder: 16

Crime location: Alexandria

Crime date: December 30, 2003

Weapon: Firearm

Murder method: Gunshot

Murder motivation: Argument over a cellphone

 Green shot and killed Johnny after the two got into a fight over a cellphone.

“On the evening of December 30, 2003, the victim, Johnny Ray Mitchell, and his older brother, Demarcus Scales, went to a convenience store in Alexandria, Louisiana to purchase cigarettes. While they were there, Bruce Wright, their first cousin, pulled into the station in a car with the Defendant and Shacarra Booze, the Defendant’s girlfriend. Mr. Scales states that his brother and he had known the Defendant all of their lives.
“Mr. Scales asked Mr. Wright to borrow a cell phone and the two began to argue over it. Mr. Scales stated that the two fought over the phone and that they hit each other, although the fight was not serious. Mr. Scales testified that the Defendant then walked over and asked him and his brother about a neck chain, which he had apparently lost in a fight that had occurred earlier in the day. Both responded that they had not been around the previous fight and did not know anything about the chain.
“The Defendant walked away, entered the store, and came back to where the other young men were still arguing about the cell phone. The Defendant then pulled a handgun from his pants and pointed it at Mr. Scales and his brother, who were standing beside each other. The brothers raised their hands and began to back away. Mr. Scales stated that the Defendant told the brothers that one of them was going to die that night. Mr. Scales testified that Mr. Wright then asked the Defendant if he was “going to do it or what’ and the Defendant shot Mr. Mitchell once in the chest. Both Mr. Scales and Mr. Mitchell turned to run, but Mr. Mitchell fell and died after only taking a few steps.
“Mr. Wright and the Defendant returned to the car, where Ms. Booze had remained throughout the incident, and fled the scene. Investigating officers on the scene
determined that the Defendant was a suspect in the shooting. They went to his home, where they found the Defendant being escorted from the house by his father to go the police station to discuss the shooting. The Defendant was arrested and his father accompanied him to the police station. He was subsequently charged with second degree murder.”

State v. Green, 07-275 (La. App. 3d Cir. 10/3/07), 2007 WL 2854527

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Green v. Warden

Roderick Thomas

Victims: Donna Stoltz & Mark Stoltz (survived)

Age at time of murder:  17

Crime location: Alexandria

Crime date: 1974

Partner in crime:  Frederick Thomas, 18

Weapon: Firearm

Murder method: Two shots to the back

Convictions: Guilty plea to second-degree murder

Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP) later reduced to life with parole

Incarceration status:  Paroled

Summary

Roderick Thomas and his brother Frederick Thomas murdered Donna and attempted to murder her husband Mark. Donna and Mark were convenience store managers and were both shot twice in their backs. Both killers were sentenced to LWOP but had their sentences reduced and have since been paroled.

State v. Thomas

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Roger Nash

Name:  Roger Wayne Nash

Victim: Avy Johnson, 89

Age at time of murder: 15

Crime location: Alexandria

Crime date: May 15, 1982

Murder method: Stabbing and beating

Convictions: Guilty plea to second-degree murder

Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP)

Summary

Nash beat and stabbed to death his elderly neighbor and was sentenced to LWOP but later re-sentenced.

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Taurus Buchanon

Victim: Joshua “Jacques” Brown, 12

Age at time of murder:  16

Crime location: Baton Rouge

Crime date: July 15, 1993

Weapon: Person

Murder method: Beating

Convictions: Second-degree murder

Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP)

Summary

Buchanan murdered 12-year-old Jacques during a fight and was sentenced to LWOP. His case has been heavily misrepresented by the Louisiana Youth Justice Coalition, who are trying to free him and other teen killers.

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