Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office

Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office District Attorney Phillip Terrell

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony conviction.Today, a Rapides Parish jury found Anthony ...
05/15/2019

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony conviction.

Today, a Rapides Parish jury found Anthony Strong, 46, of Alexandria, guilty of the offense of First Degree Robbery.

District Attorney Terrell would like to thank the Pineville Police Department for their thorough investigation. District Attorney Terrell would also like to recognize ADA Cheryl Carter, ADA Kelvin Sanders, Chief Felony ADA Monica Doss, DA Investigator Mike Stephan, and DA Staff Melissa Scroggs for their hard work and dedication in getting this case to court on behalf of the State.

Judge Chris Hazel scheduled the sentencing hearing in this matter for June 5, 2019. Strong faces up to 40 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions.   Today, Steve McKinney, 24, of Alexandri...
05/13/2019

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions.

Today, Steve McKinney, 24, of Alexandria pleaded guilty to the offenses of Simple Kidnapping and Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. McKinney was then sentenced by Judge Chris Hazel to five years at hard labor on each count. In addition, McKinney was ordered to register as a sex offender. The sentences are to be served concurrently with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Cespiva prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office.

On May 8, 2019, Travis Weston, 19, of Alexandria pleaded guilty to the offense of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. Judge Hazel sentenced Weston to 25 years at hard labor. The sentence is to be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Assistant District Attorney John Giordano prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office.

A Mother’s Day message from Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell...Mothers play an essential role in shapi...
05/11/2019

A Mother’s Day message from Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell...

Mothers play an essential role in shaping our lives. They balance tremendous responsibilities, while teaching us the most valuable of lessons. They care for us and love us unconditionally, even in our most trying times. Mothers embody the ideal of service to others above self...putting the interest of their children ahead of their own. Today, let us put these extraordinary women first, and give them the respect and admiration they deserve. Happy Mother’s Day!

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office is mourning the loss of beloved Assistant District Attorney Field V. Gre...
05/08/2019

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office is mourning the loss of beloved Assistant District Attorney Field V. Gremillion, III. Mr. Gremillion died today at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Mr. Gremillion served 28 years as a Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney. He was best described by many as a true gentleman - a fitting and accurate description. We at the District Attorney's Office will miss him dearly, but will always remember his kindness, integrity, and endless charm. Please keep his family in your prayers.

04/21/2019

An Easter message from Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell…

John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

As you gather with family and friends to celebrate the Easter season, it is my hope that you are filled with a restored sense of hope and possibilities. I pray that you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter. Peace be with you and your family.

On Monday, April 1, 2019, local officials participated in a mock trial for the Sudden Impact Program at Holy Savior Mena...
04/03/2019

On Monday, April 1, 2019, local officials participated in a mock trial for the Sudden Impact Program at Holy Savior Menard. Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell, Judge Richard Starling, Attorney David Williams, M/T Scott Moreau (LSP), Trooper Glenn Younger (LSP), and Deputy Chris Causey (RPSO) all joined together to teach students about public safety and civic responsibility. The Sudden Impact Program strives to give students a glimpse of the consequences associated with driving while distracted and impaired. Hopefully, by instilling safe behavior in students, tragic accidents can be avoided. Mr. Terrell has a firm commitment to the young drivers of Rapides Parish to ensure that they are aware of the potential consequences of driving while impaired and distracted.

SENTENCING UPDATEA Marksville woman who pleaded guilty on March 25, 2019 to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and consp...
04/03/2019

SENTENCING UPDATE

A Marksville woman who pleaded guilty on March 25, 2019 to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary was sentenced today.

Judge Chris Hazel sentenced Autoria Lachney, 19, to 15 years at hard labor for the offense of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and 15 years at hard labor for the offense of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. The sentences are to be served concurrently with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Cespiva prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Congratulations to Mr. Cain Bernard! Cain is our February 2019 Employee of the Month.
03/27/2019

Congratulations to Mr. Cain Bernard! Cain is our February 2019 Employee of the Month.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions. Today, Roy Dewayne Hayes, Jr., 21, of Ale...
03/26/2019

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions.

Today, Roy Dewayne Hayes, Jr., 21, of Alexandria pleaded guilty to the offenses of conspiracy to commit armed robbery; conspiracy to commit aggravated second degree battery; and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. Hayes then was sentenced by Judge Chris Hazel to 40 years at hard labor for the offense of conspiracy to commit armed robbery; 15 years at hard labor for the offense of conspiracy to commit aggravated second degree battery; and 15 years at hard labor for the offense of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. The sentences are to be served concurrently with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Cespiva prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces carfentanil conviction.On Thursday evening, a Rapides Parish ...
03/15/2019

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces carfentanil conviction.

On Thursday evening, a Rapides Parish jury found Taurnena Shondale Foster, 25, of Alexandria guilty of Manslaughter. Foster was tried for Second Degree Murder. She was found guilty of the lesser included offense of Manslaughter.

The testimony and evidence at trial showed that Foster sold carfentanil to an individual who then delivered the drug to Jakelynn Ammons, an 18 year old honors student attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette which was the sole cause of death. Carfentanil is a drug that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine, 1,000 times more potent than heroin, and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. The jury deliberated approximately 30 minutes before returning its verdict. Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Mosley and Chief Felony Assistant District Attorney Monica Doss prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. "The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office recognizes that drugs are a very serious problem in our parish. The DA's Office remains committed to prosecuting drug dealers and those that may cause the death of others due to drug overdose," said ADA Mosley.

DA Terrell would like to thank the jury for their service in this case. He would also like to recognize the Alexandria Police Department, Northwest Louisiana Crime Lab, and Dr. Steven Norman for conducting a thorough investigation. DA Terrell is also proud of the work done by Assistant District Attorney's Mosley and Doss, DA Investigator Dana Rachal, and District Attorney Staff Christi Beaubouef for their dedication and preparation in getting this case to court on behalf of the State.

Judge Mary Doggett scheduled the sentencing hearing in this matter for March 25, 2019. The offense of Manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

Congratulations to Ms. Christi Beauboeuf! Christi is our January 2019 Employee of the Month.
02/27/2019

Congratulations to Ms. Christi Beauboeuf! Christi is our January 2019 Employee of the Month.

Congratulations to Mrs. Paige Cross! Paige is our December 2018 Employee of the Month.
01/10/2019

Congratulations to Mrs. Paige Cross! Paige is our December 2018 Employee of the Month.

Congratulations to Mr. Scott Weisler! Scott is our November 2018 Employee of the Month.
01/10/2019

Congratulations to Mr. Scott Weisler! Scott is our November 2018 Employee of the Month.

Congratulations to Ms. Heather Elias! Heather is our October 2018 Employee of the Month.
01/10/2019

Congratulations to Ms. Heather Elias! Heather is our October 2018 Employee of the Month.

As we come to the end of another year, the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office will be closed Monday, December 3...
12/31/2018

As we come to the end of another year, the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office will be closed Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day. As you celebrate the new year, please remember to take the proper safety precautions to protect yourself and others.

We wish you a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2019.

Christmas message from Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell...Once again the Christmas season is upon us and...
12/25/2018

Christmas message from Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell...

Once again the Christmas season is upon us and our hearts are filled with love and joy and thoughts of family and friends. As we celebrate may we also remember those who have no Christmas joy, those who are cold and hungry, alone, sick, or suffering in other ways. May we find ways to comfort them. Let us especially remember and honor those who serve our country in foreign and dangerous lands while we continue to hope for and work for peace on Earth. May the peace that passeth understanding be yours. Merry Christmas everyone!

Congratulations to Mayor Don Parker and the alderman of McNary who were sworn in for their new term of office. This is M...
12/20/2018

Congratulations to Mayor Don Parker and the alderman of McNary who were sworn in for their new term of office. This is Mayor Parker’s seventh term.

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office is mourning the loss of Assistant District Attorney Rick L. Farrar.  Mr....
12/18/2018

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office is mourning the loss of Assistant District Attorney Rick L. Farrar. Mr. Farrar died this morning at Ochsner Medical Center. Mr. Farrar was a valued member of the District Attorney’s Office and a true public servant. His absence will be deeply felt not only by the District Attorney’s Office, but also in the community. Please keep his family in your prayers.

For the past ten weeks, fifth grade students at St. Frances Cabrini School and Cherokee Elementary School, both in Alexa...
12/12/2018

For the past ten weeks, fifth grade students at St. Frances Cabrini School and Cherokee Elementary School, both in Alexandria, participated in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program under the tutelage of Corporal Rennier, Alexandria Police Department’s D.A.R.E. officer. This week, their hard work was recognized and celebrated with graduation ceremonies.

District Attorney Investigator Scott Weisler proudly participated in the graduation ceremonies on behalf of Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell. Mr. Weisler congratulated the fifth graders on their graduation, and encouraged the graduates to continue to make good life choices.

Congratulations to all the graduates for a job well done!

On December 7, 2018, law enforcement officers and assistant district attorneys attended the Second Annual Rapides Parish...
12/07/2018

On December 7, 2018, law enforcement officers and assistant district attorneys attended the Second Annual Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office Bridging the Gap Conference hosted by Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell. Conference speakers included Mr. Terrell, Chief Jarrod King, Alexandria Police Department; Cole Gralapp, District Administrator, Probation and Parole, Wade Bond, Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Network, Assistant District Attorney Clifton J. Spears, Jr., and Phillip G. Hunter, Attorney, Hunter and Beck. Chief Felony Assistant District Attorney Monica Doss coordinated the conference.

Also, on the same day, Assistant District Attorney Tom Wells coordinated an Asset Forfeiture Training seminar attended by members of various law enforcement agencies. Sarah Tirrell, Staff Attorney, Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, was guest speaker for the seminar. The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s office understands how effective drug asset forfeiture and racketeering forfeiture can be to assist in the deterrence of criminal activity. District Attorney Terrell is committed to ensuring that defendants do not financially benefit from their criminal activity.

Please contact Monica Doss at 318-473-6650 if interested in purchasing a raffle ticket for some great prizes!
10/30/2018

Please contact Monica Doss at 318-473-6650 if interested in purchasing a raffle ticket for some great prizes!

Congratulations to Mrs. Julie Johnson! Julie is our September 2018 Employee of the Month.
10/29/2018

Congratulations to Mrs. Julie Johnson! Julie is our September 2018 Employee of the Month.

Congratulations to Mrs. Melissa Sscroggs! Melissa is our August 2018 Employee of the Month.
10/29/2018

Congratulations to Mrs. Melissa Sscroggs! Melissa is our August 2018 Employee of the Month.

Congratulations to Ms. Erica Smith! Erica is our July 2018 Employee of the Month.
10/29/2018

Congratulations to Ms. Erica Smith! Erica is our July 2018 Employee of the Month.

Congratulations to Mr. Christopher Bolden!  Christopher is our June 2018 Employee of the Month.
10/29/2018

Congratulations to Mr. Christopher Bolden! Christopher is our June 2018 Employee of the Month.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions. This week, following the testimony of law...
10/12/2018

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions.

This week, following the testimony of law enforcement officers, a Ville Platte man ended his jury trial by pleading guilty to multiple drug offenses and firearm offenses.

Bernard Bryan Caldwell, II, 33, pleaded guilty to the offenses of Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (two counts); Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule II, Methamphetamine (two counts); and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule I, Marijuana (three counts). Caldwell then was sentenced by Judge Harry F. Randow, Ad Hoc, to 10 years at hard labor on each count of the drug offenses, and seven years and six months on each count of the firearm offenses. The sentences are to be served concurrently with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

Mr. Terrell would like to thank the Louisiana State Police, specifically Trooper Casey Wallace, Trooper Joseph Dessens, and Trooper Tim Ledet, Jr., as well as Probation and Parole Agent Justin Coco and Alex King from the North Louisiana Crime Laboratory for their knowledge and thorough investigation of these matters. In addition, Mr. Terrell would like to recognize Assistant District Attorney Brian Cespiva, Assistant District Attorney John Giordano, DA Investigator Ernie Gleason, and DA Staff Michelle Guidry for their hard work in getting these cases to trial.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell enjoyed speaking with area seniors today at the annual Rapides Parish F...
10/12/2018

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell enjoyed speaking with area seniors today at the annual Rapides Parish Fair Senior Citizen Day. Community involvement is a priority for Mr. Terrell and his office. Mr. Terrell, who is a proud sponsor of this event, looks forward to it each year, as do staff from the District Attorney’s Office who help serve meals to attendees.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony conviction. On October 9, 2018, Cheryl A. Cloessner, 6...
10/09/2018

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony conviction.

On October 9, 2018, Cheryl A. Cloessner, 60, of Glenmora, pleaded guilty to Malfeasance in Office. Judge Greg Beard sentenced Cloessner to three years supervised probation with the Louisiana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole. Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Mosley prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions. Today, Tedrick Tavone Love, 41, of Alexan...
10/09/2018

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions.

Today, Tedrick Tavone Love, 41, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty to the offenses of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule II, Methamphetamine 200-400 grams, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Methamphetamine.

Judge Harry F. Randow, Ad Hoc, sentenced Love to 10 years at hard labor on each count to run concurrently. The sentences are to be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Mosley prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

SENTENCING UPDATE An Alexandria man convicted in a jury trial on August 30, 2018 of Manslaughter was sentenced today. Ju...
10/09/2018

SENTENCING UPDATE

An Alexandria man convicted in a jury trial on August 30, 2018 of Manslaughter was sentenced today.

Judge Harry F. Randow, Ad Hoc, sentenced Demetrice Dontrell Welch, 20, to 20 years at hard labor for the offense of Manslaughter. Welch is to serve his sentence with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, with the offense designated as a crime of violence.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions.On October 8, 2018, Latonya Nicole William...
10/08/2018

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions.

On October 8, 2018, Latonya Nicole Williams, 31, of Lena, pleaded guilty to two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Heroin.
Judge Harry F. Randow, Ad Hoc, sentenced Williams to 15 years at hard labor on each count to run concurrently. The sentences are to be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Mosley prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

On the same day, Kenneth Seth Thomas, 43, of Deville, pleaded guilty to the offense of Abuse of Office. Judge Harry Randow, Ad Hoc, scheduled the sentencing hearing in this matter for November 26, 2018. Thomas faces a penalty of imprisonment with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years, or fined up to five thousand dollars. This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant District Attorney Hugo Holland.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell enjoys lunch with the hard working employees from the IV-D Child Suppor...
09/28/2018

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell enjoys lunch with the hard working employees from the IV-D Child Support division of his office.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell extends his best wishes to Je’Lon Davis as he joins the United States...
09/28/2018

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell extends his best wishes to Je’Lon Davis as he joins the United States Air Force. Je’Lon worked for the District Attorney’s office this past summer. Mr. Terrell is always proud to support the women and men in the United States military for their service to our country.

09/26/2018
09/26/2018
City of Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King addressed the audience.
09/26/2018

City of Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King addressed the audience.

09/26/2018
Last night, Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell spoke at the 3rd Annual Candlelight Vigil held in recogniti...
09/26/2018

Last night, Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell spoke at the 3rd Annual Candlelight Vigil held in recognition of National Day of Remembrance for Murdered Victims. The event was held at the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Joey Giordano Special Victim’s facility. Over 100 people attended this special function to remember the loss of our loved ones.

District Attorney Terrell expressed his concern for the rising number of homicides in Rapides Parish. “The DA’s Office is committed to prosecuting and seeking justice for victims of heinous crimes. Due to the need for special enforcement of these type crimes, we have committed assets and staff to this facility. We remain steadfast in addressing the changing needs of this community,” said DA Terrell.

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