Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office

Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office District Attorney Phillip Terrell
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A message from Rapides Parish District Attorney, Phillip Terrell:Today, we salute our honorable Veterans who fought for ...
11/11/2019

A message from Rapides Parish District Attorney, Phillip Terrell:
Today, we salute our honorable Veterans who fought for us,
who battled to redeem our freedom and who made our country livable and free. To all the men and women who have served and are serving, may God bless and be with you.
Happy Veterans Day!

On Monday, November 4, 2019, Douglas Ponthieux pled guilty to Manslaughter for the death of his girlfriend in March 2017...
11/05/2019

On Monday, November 4, 2019, Douglas Ponthieux pled guilty to Manslaughter for the death of his girlfriend in March 2017. Victim Impact Statements are scheduled to be heard Monday, December 9, 2019 and Ponthieux’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Monday, January 27, 2020. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Amani Augustine.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 a Rapides Parish Grand Jury indicted Marcus Casson for one count of manslaughter. The homic...
10/23/2019

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 a Rapides Parish Grand Jury indicted Marcus Casson for one count of manslaughter. The homicide of Arnold Romero was committed by Marcus Casson, an employee of St. Christina Nursing and Rehab Center.

Following the indictment, the Court increased the defendant’s bond to $500,000. The case was presented to the Grand Jury and will be prosecuted by Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman. Under Louisiana law, the defendant can receive a sentence of up to 40-years in prison if convicted of this offense.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, the Rapides Parish Grand Jury indicted Kristina Hoffpauir for one count of First Degree Mu...
10/23/2019

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, the Rapides Parish Grand Jury indicted Kristina Hoffpauir for one count of First Degree Murder. The defendant killed Sherwood Doyle at his home on Chester West Road sometime between August 1st and August 6th of this year. The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office discovered the crime when they attempted to perform a wellness check on Doyle.

Following the indictment, the Court increased the defendant’s bond to $1,000,000.00. The case was presented to the Grand Jury and will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman.

District Attorney Phillip Terrell had the opportunity to speak to the 44th group of Rapides Parish Drug Court graduates....
10/18/2019

District Attorney Phillip Terrell had the opportunity to speak to the 44th group of Rapides Parish Drug Court graduates. Congratulations to the graduates, alumni and their families. These lives would have not been transformed for the good if not for the tireless work and dedication of the drug court staff, Judge Mary Doggett and Judge John Davidson.

On Oct 15, Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell spoke at the Alexandria Police Citizens Academy about the ro...
10/17/2019

On Oct 15, Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell spoke at the Alexandria Police Citizens Academy about the role of his office in the criminal justice system. The program is an intense introduction to citizens of how the police department operates to protect our community. Compliments to the city council, Mayor Hall and Chief King for hosting this vital outreach. To register for the next citizens academy contact APD or check out their website.

10/14/2019

PRESS RELEASE -

Richard Dennard pled guilty to two counts of 2nd degree murder for the shooting deaths of 2 Rapides Parish women in 1984. He was sentenced to 2 consecutive life terms. Today, D.A. Phillip Terrell appeared before the La. Boards of Pardon and Parole to oppose his application for clemency. The Board unanimously denied him clemency which means he remains in prison serving his life sentences.

Today, District Attorney Phillip Terrell participated in the Senior Citizens Day event at the Rapides Parish Fair. He an...
10/11/2019

Today, District Attorney Phillip Terrell participated in the Senior Citizens Day event at the Rapides Parish Fair. He and staff members, along with a representative of Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Office, informed Seniors about various issues concerning Elder Abuse, Elder Fraud and protective services offered by our respective offices. It was an honor to share the day with so many wonderful friends.

10/10/2019

Larry McClinton was convicted of manslaughter in Grant Parish, First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder in Rapides Parish in 1992. McClinton was sentenced to two 30 year sentences and a life sentence without benefit of parole on the Rapides Parish First Degree Murder. In cases commonly referred to as the Miller/Montgomery cases, the U.S. Supreme court held that an individual under the age of 18 at the time of the crime, who is given a life sentence, has to be parole eligible.

A Rapides Parish Judge ruled, under the Miller / Montgomery cases, that McClinton was eligible for parole consideration since he was under 18 at the time of the crime.

Today, District Attorney Phillip Terrell successfully argued to the LA Pardon and Parole Board that parole was not appropriate for Mr. McClinton and his parole was denied.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell addressed the crowd at the ribbon cutting for the Gateway Adolescent Tr...
10/03/2019

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell addressed the crowd at the ribbon cutting for the Gateway Adolescent Treatment Facility on Wednesday morning. The new 16-bed inpatient facility will service young people ages 12 to 17 who have fallen victim to substance abuse dependency. Governor John Bel Edwards, as well as many other dignitaries, also attended the event commemorating the opening of the facility.

Regarding this new facility, District Attorney Terrell said, “Addiction is an epidemic that has destroyed countless lives in our community. Unfortunately, its victims are growing younger and younger. A facility such as this is invaluable in our fight to cure these young men and women before they permanently harm themselves or someone else. The DA’s office is looking forward to working closely with Gateway to assist as many children as we can.”

As District Attorney, Phillip Terrell has expanded the use of the Pre-Trial Intervention program to assist addicts in their recovery and break the cycle of recidivism.

District Attorney Phillip Terrell hosted a table this weekend at the LDFW Outdoor education center in Woodworth.  The ev...
09/30/2019

District Attorney Phillip Terrell hosted a table this weekend at the LDFW Outdoor education center in Woodworth. The event was the 26th annual celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. Over 3600 children and adults were treated to demonstrations of frog catching, shooting, and alligator skinning. District Attorney Terrell enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the attendees and participants.

Regarding the event, District Attorney Phillip Terrell said, “This is a great event that gives parents the opportunity to teach their children about Louisiana’s tradition of hunting and fishing. My congratulations and appreciation to the LDWF, sponsors, and organizers for putting together such a fine family event.”

On September 12, 2019, a Rapides Parish jury convicted Vernon Holden of 1 count of attempted 1st degree robbery, 2 count...
09/26/2019

On September 12, 2019, a Rapides Parish jury convicted Vernon Holden of 1 count of attempted 1st degree robbery, 2 counts of disarming a police officer, 2 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and 1 count of resisting an officer. This morning, Judge Chris Hazel sentenced the defendant to 20-years on the 1st degree robbery conviction, 5 years on each count of disarming an officer, 15 years on each count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and 6 months for one count of resisting an officer. These sentences are to run concurrent with each other and consecutive to the 32-year sentence that Holden must serve for violating the terms of his armed robbery parole.

District Attorney Phillip Terrell would like to thank all involved for their hard work in this successful prosecution. Assistant District Attorney Kelvin Sanders prosecuted the case on behalf of the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s office..

District Attorney Phillip Terrell along with the victim's family, friends, and Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilto...
09/24/2019
Parole denied for Rapides Parish man convicted in 1995 shooting death

District Attorney Phillip Terrell along with the victim's family, friends, and Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton went before the Parole Board on Monday in Baton Rouge and successfully argued against relief for McArtney.

A Rapides Parish man convicted of second-degree murder in 1995 has been denied parole.

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, a Rapides Parish jury convicted Cecil Earl Phillips, Jr. of second degree rape. The def...
09/20/2019

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, a Rapides Parish jury convicted Cecil Earl Phillips, Jr. of second degree rape. The defendant, who was acquainted with the victim, lured her to his house on Stovall Road. Once the victim arrived, the defendant held the victim at gun point and refused to allow her to leave over a two day period. While being held against her will, the defendant raped the victim. The following morning, the victim was successfully able to escape from the residence.

In response to the conviction, District Attorney Phillip Terrell stated, “This was a particularly brutal case committed by a violent defendant who showed no remorse. The District Attorney’s office will continue to fight to keep women safe from predators such as this defendant.”

The defendant will be sentenced on November 13th. Judge Doggett can sentence the defendant to as many as 40-years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. In this case, the District Attorney’s office will advocate for the stiffest sentence allowed under the law. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian Mosley.

District Attorney Phillip Terrell, ADA Monica Doss and ADA Clifton Spears attended intake on August 9, 2019 at Rapides A...
08/09/2019

District Attorney Phillip Terrell, ADA Monica Doss and ADA Clifton Spears attended intake on August 9, 2019 at Rapides Alternative Positive Program for Students (R.A.P.P.S.) in preparation for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Mr. Terrell spoke with the parents and students regarding the importance of staying in school and obtaining a high school diploma. He encouraged them to strive for success and wished them well with this school year and their future endeavors. Juvenile ADA Clifton Spears also spoke with the group and outlined the current Truancy Program in Rapides Parish.

On August 3, 2019, District Attorney Phillip Terrell attended a Prayer Breakfast at True Vine Baptist Church sponsored b...
08/09/2019

On August 3, 2019, District Attorney Phillip Terrell attended a Prayer Breakfast at True Vine Baptist Church sponsored by the Rapides Association of Educators. May God be with all that participate in providing a safe and secure environment for the education of our children in the upcoming 2019 - 2020 school year.

On August 6th, District Attorney Phillip Terrell’s office convicted Joshua William Jones of possession of Methamphetamin...
08/09/2019

On August 6th, District Attorney Phillip Terrell’s office convicted Joshua William Jones of possession of Methamphetamine – Crystal Meth. Following a short deliberation, a unanimous jury returned to the court room with the guilty verdict. In response to the verdict, District Attorney Terrell stated, “I want to thank the jury for their service on this important case. The proliferation of Crystal Meth on the streets of this community is reaching epidemic proportions. As the chief law enforcement officer in this parish, I intend to prosecute those individuals who distribute these drugs to the fullest extent of the law.”

Assistant District Attorneys Brian Mosely and Christopher Bowman prosecuted this case.

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office would like to welcome Mr. Christopher Bowman as an Assistant District Atto...
08/07/2019

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office would like to welcome Mr. Christopher Bowman as an Assistant District Attorney! ADA Bowman was sworn in last month, and is assigned to the Felony Division.

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces Habitual Offender conviction.Today, Judge Chris Hazel found A...
07/23/2019

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces Habitual Offender conviction.

Today, Judge Chris Hazel found Anthony Strong, 46, of Alexandria, guilty as a fourth plus felony offender. Strong was previously found guilty on May 15, 2019 by a Rapides Parish jury of First Degree Robbery and sentenced to 12 years. Subsequent to the sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Carter filed for a Habitual Offender Trial.

Upon finding Strong guilty as a fourth plus felony offender, Judge Hazel vacated the previous twelve year sentence imposed on Strong and resentenced him to 40 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Judge Hazel designated the crime as a crime of violence, and Strong will not be eligible for probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office would like to welcome Mr. Charles Elliott as an Assistant District Attorne...
07/19/2019

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office would like to welcome Mr. Charles Elliott as an Assistant District Attorney! ADA Elliott was sworn in today, and is assigned to the Juvenile Division.

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07/04/2019

Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office will be closed Thursday, July 4th, and Friday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

We are grateful to live in a nation that was founded on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This Independence Day, as you celebrate with family and friends, remember the brave men and women who served this great nation throughout history to safeguard and expand the liberties we cherish today.

District Attorney Phillip Terrell and staff wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office will be closed Thursday, July 4th, and Friday, July 5th in observance of I...
07/03/2019

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office will be closed Thursday, July 4th, and Friday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

We are grateful to live in a nation that was founded on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This Independence Day, as you celebrate with family and friends, remember the brave men and women who served this great nation throughout history to safeguard and expand the liberties we cherish today.

District Attorney Phillip Terrell and staff wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!

Congratulations to Ms. Diane Ellis! Diane is our March 2019 Employee of the Month.
06/19/2019

Congratulations to Ms. Diane Ellis! Diane is our March 2019 Employee of the Month.

SENTENCING UPDATE An Alexandria woman who was found guilty on March 14, 2019 was sentenced today.  Following victim impa...
06/19/2019

SENTENCING UPDATE

An Alexandria woman who was found guilty on March 14, 2019 was sentenced today.

Following victim impact statements presented to the Court, Judge Mary Doggett sentenced Taurnena Shondale Foster, 25, to 15 years at hard labor for the offense of Manslaughter. Foster also pleaded guilty to Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Schedule II, and was sentenced to 20 years at hard labor. The sentences are to be served concurrently with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

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

06/16/2019

A Father’s Day message from Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell and staff...

There is nothing more precious in life than the time we spend with our children. Fathers work hard to provide for their children and to make sure they are given the tools to succeed. Words cannot convey the feeling of pride one feels watching their children grow into good people. We want to acknowledge the fathers and father figures who have stepped up and accepted the responsibility of fatherhood. For everything you do, thank you. Happy Father’s Day.

In observance of Memorial Day, the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office will be closed Monday, May 27th.   “Our deb...
05/27/2019

In observance of Memorial Day, the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office will be closed Monday, May 27th.

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” President Harry S. Truman

This Memorial Day, let us remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to our great nation.

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 shaping...
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. Gremi...
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.

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