Baton Rouge Rapper, Lil Boosie, Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

Baton Rouge rapper, Lil Boosie, arrived at district court Tuesday morning for a pre-trial motion and ended up pleading guilty to drug charges.

Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to bring drugs into a penal institution. Judge Mike Erwin sentenced him to eight years in prison.

Investigators said he tried to smuggle drugs into Dixon Correctional Center once and into Angola State Penitentiary twice.

After the judge announced the sentencing, Lil Boosie requested drug rehabilitation. Erwin said he would recommend it but could not order it.

Lil Boosie is also charged with first-degree murder in the death of Terry Boyd.  Erwin set the murder trial to begin April 30.

Lil Boosie’s lawyers subpoenaed Michael Louding, also known as Marlo Mike, to testify on Lil Boosie’s behalf after repeatedly trying to get Louding on the stand.

Louding is accused of six separate murders.  Prosecutors said Louding told them Lil Boosie hired him as a hit man.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug crime, contact Criminal Defense Attorney Carl Barkemeyer.

Source: www.wafb.com, “Lil Boosie pleads guilty to drug charges, sentenced to 8 yrs,” November 29, 2011.

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor, Conrad Murray, Receives Maximum Sentence

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced to the four year maximum in prison today for his conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the Michael Jackson case.

Murray told detectives he had been giving Michael Jackson nightly doses of Propofol to help him sleep as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts. Propofol is supposed to be used in hospital settings and has never been approved for sleep treatments, yet Murray acknowledged giving it to Jackson then leaving the room on the day the singer died.

The prosecution had to show that Michael Jackson was killed as a result of an act by Dr. Murray, that this act was inherently dangerous or done recklessly and that he should have known the act threatened the lives of others.  If Dr. Murray committed the crime in Louisiana, he would likely be charged with negligent homicide, since there is not an involuntary manslaughter statute in Louisiana.  Negligent homicide is the killing of a human being by criminal negligence.  Baton Rouge Criminal Attorney Carl Barkemeyer aggressively defends those charged with negligent homicide, which is a felony punishable by imprisonment up to five years and a fine up to five thousand dollars.  If you or someone you know has been charged with homicide, contact Baton Rouge Criminal Lawyer Carl Barkemeyer.

Source: The Advocate,“Michael Jackson’s doctor sentenced to 4 years,” November 29, 2011.

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Baton Rouge Woman Sentenced for Identity Theft and Bank Fraud

Shemeka Roschella Davis, a Baton Rouge woman, was sentenced to five years in prison today after pleading guilty to federal charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.  Davis was ordered to pay restitution of $83,314 to banks and individuals who lost money as a result of her crimes.  Davis admitted to obtaining 15 credit cards in the names of other people and making unauthorized purchases of approximately $50,000.  In return for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped additional felony charges against Davis.

Identity theft is the intentional use or possession or transfer or attempted use with fraudulent intent by any person of any personal identifying information of another person to obtain, possess, or transfer, whether contemporaneously or not, credit, money, goods, services, or any thing else of value without the authorization or consent of the other person.

Bank fraud is when one obtains any of the monies, funds, credits, assets, securities, or other property owned by or under the custody or control of a financial institution by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, practices, transactions, representations, or promises.

Davis’ indictment and plea agreement showed she worked at a Baton Rouge call center for a company that provides customer support and billing services for other companies across the country.  Davis obtained customers’ names and personal identification numbers.  These victims whose personal information was stolen ranged from prospective LSU students and other Baton Rouge residents to people from around the country.

Furthermore, Davis conveyed purchases she made with credit cards in other people’s names.  Those purchases included clothing, a 50-inch high-definition television, washer, dryer, computer, printer and air conditioner.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, fraud or other related felonies in Louisiana, contact Baton Rouge Criminal Attorney Carl Barkemeyer.

 

Source: The Advocate, “BR Woman Sentenced to Five Years for Fraud”, November 29, 2011.

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LA Man Sentenced for Drug Distribution

Dequincy Jupiter of Napoleonville, Louisiana, was sentenced to nine years in prison for drug distribution after his arrest earlier this year during a major drug sweep.  Jupiter will not be eligible for parole, probation or a suspension of his sentence until after he serves two years.

Jupiter pleaded guilty in July to three counts of distribution of schedule II drugs.

In January, narcotics agents with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the “Operation Get a Real Job” sweep, arresting 64 people wanted on drug counts from undercover drug stings.

Prosecutors in Louisiana take distribution of drugs very seriously. The sentencing range depends on the alleged drug. Distribution charges can carry mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment, as seen in the aforementioned case.

The defense to these charges requires an attorney that is knowledgeable and experienced in the area of defending drug distribution charges. These cases usually involve undercover police officers and/or informants. The prosecutor may also attempt to use police surveillance to prove the charge.  If you or someone you know has been charged with possession, possession with intent, or distribution of drugs contact Baton Rouge Criminal Attorney Carl Barkemeyer.

 

Source: The Advocate, “Napoleonville resident sentenced in drug case”, November 29, 2011.

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Prosecutors Expect a Social Media Site will Help get a Conviction

Todd Warren Singleton of Mandeville, along with two other boys, is accused of plotting a shooting spree at Lakeshore High School.  Singleton’s trial was set for last Tuesday, but his attorney was granted a continuance by the judge presiding in the case.

The ruling comes from the fact that the invite-only Facebook page where the boys reportedly planned the shooting spree, which was later deleted by Singleton’s mother, was recovered by the social networking site and arrived at the District Attorney’s office the day before the trial was set to begin.

The boys were arrested just days before they allegedly planned to steal guns from a friend’s gun safe, take them to Lakeshore High School and shoot a student, a teacher, and anyone who tried to stop them, culminating with their suicides.  Another student who learned of their plan told the school principal, who contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The boys were charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism and solicitation for murder.

Deputies only found two BB guns. The state’s case hinges on statements the boys gave to police, an exchange of online messages, and the Facebook page. However, the mother of Singleton deleted the Facebook page and destroyed her son’s computer.  She has not been charged.

Be sure to heed caution when using technology as a communication tool, such as social media, text messaging, and email.  This form of communication is referred to as an admission when made by a defendant and would be admissible in a trial under the Louisiana Code of Evidence.

 

Times Picayune, November 22, 2011. “Trial for Lakeshore High shooting plot suspect postponed

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Prosecutors Withhold Evidence, Man is Set Free

Eddie Triplett, a four-time felon serving a life prison sentence for cocaine possession, will go free after 12 years behind bars.  A federal judge found that former Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick’s office failed to turn over a police report that directly contradicted the trial testimony of two New Orleans cops, the latest case of withheld evidence by a DA’s office under heavy fire for its history of repeated constitutional violations.

Prosecutors failed to give Triplett’s trial attorney a police report with a narrative indicating that two NOPD patrol officers stopped a different man at exactly the same time and place they arrested Triplett.  The report says the officers spotted this man on a bicycle and arrested him after seeing him grab a plastic bag with white powder from his pocket and stuff it in his mouth. The officers repeatedly testified at trial, however, that it was Triplett who held the cocaine and stuffed it in his mouth that night and that he was the only one they stopped.

Triplett testified that he was riding a bike and that police stopped him and another man, who then dropped something to the ground. After running Triplett’s criminal record, the officers let the other man go, Triplett said.

The failure by the DA’s office to turn over the narrative violated Triplett’s rights under Brady v. Maryland, a 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires the government to turn over all evidence favorable to the defense.

But the appeal of Juan Smith, recently argued before the Supreme Court, had eerie similarities to Triplett’s case. A decision is still pending in Smith’s case.

Skeptical Supreme Court justices ridiculed arguments by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office that Smith’s murder conviction wouldn’t have been affected by disclosure that the star eyewitness earlier told police he could not identify any of the assailants. Attorneys for Smith, convicted of five murders during a party, are asking the Supreme Court to order a new trial on grounds that the Orleans District Attorney’s Office disregarded a 1963 Supreme Court ruling that prosecutors can’t withhold evidence that could be favorable to the defendant.

The witness testified at trial that Smith was the first man who walked through the door the night the five people were killed at a home and that he had been face-to-face with him and “I’ll never forget him.” But on the night of the murder he told police he couldn’t identify the attackers beyond their race, African-American, and that some had gold teeth. Five days later he restated his inability to provide IDs.

Both of the aforementioned cases are perfect examples of why you should hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with a crime.  For more information contact Carl Barkemeyer by going to http://www.attorneycarl.com.

 

Source: Times-Picayune, Prisoner to be Freed After Discovery that Harry Connick’s Office Withheld Police Report”, November 19, 2011

 

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Why was it Easy for the Jurors to Find Michael Jackson’s Doctor, Conrad Murray, GUILTY?

The jurors seemed to have an easier time finding Dr. Murray guilty of manslaughter compared to some high-profile murder cases. Although involuntary manslaughter cases are easier to prove than murder cases, which require the element of criminal intent, prosecutors still had the burden of proof. Prosecutors attempting to convict Dr. Murray on involuntary manslaughter charges need not prove intent, since malice is not an element of the crime. But the prosecution had to show that Michael Jackson was killed as a result of an act by Dr. Murray, that this act was inherently dangerous or done recklessly and that the defendant should have known the act threatened the lives of others. Whether or not Dr. Murray or Jackson himself injected the lethal dose of Propofol, Dr. Murray acted recklessly by having the drug in the house and leaving the drug unattended.  In addition, Dr. Murray knew that a large enough dose of Propofol could threaten the life of Michael Jackson.

If you or someone you know have been charged with a crime, contact Criminal Defense Attorney Carl Barkemeyer.

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What’s Next for LSU Football Player Jordan Jefferson?

Previously posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns, both LSU football players, were arrested and suspended from the team on August 26th for their alleged connection in a bar fight on August 19th. Some people are trying to play down the arrest, saying that fights occur every weekend at LSU bars. However, Jefferson and Johns should be concerned because they are facing a serious charge. They were arrested for second degree battery which is a felony and carries a sentence of 0-5 years in prison.

I think several months from now, after the public’s interest wanes, the case will be set for trial. By that time the victims will have been compensated a sweet sum of money for their alleged injuries, which will numb their pain of agreeing to allow the defendants to plead guilty to a misdemeanor of simple battery or even an outright dismissal. Therefore, the victims will have to be satisfied with nursing their wounds with a few stacks of paper. Hopefully, this incident will not leave a lasting footprint, I mean imprint, on any of the victims’ memories.

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Missing Baton Rouge Woman: Sylviane Lozada

Previously posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Recently, I’ve received several questions regarding the disappearance of Sylviane Lozada of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lozada was reported missing in early July. Her husband, Oscar Lozada, left the country shortly after her disappearance and has not been heard from since. Many people question whether or not her husband can be arrested for the crime of murder and extradited to the United States. To see a WBRZ News report featuring Carl Barkemeyer click here.
Posted by Carl Barkemeyer, Criminal Defense Attorney at 1:44 PM

Previously posted comment:

Joshua beckes said…

Glad to see that a great attorney finally gets some credit. Carl deserves it. He is one of the very few attorneys who actually care about their clients. Especially those who have constant questions. Thanks for everything Carl and congratulating on the tv slot!!!!

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