Guilty plea entered in Poche homicide

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Natchitoches Parish District Attorney, Billy Joe Harrington announced the guilty plea relating to a 2016 Homicide in Natchitoches Parish.  Andrew Jacob Wallace, 20 years old from Natchitoches, pled guilty to Manslaughter in the January 2016 death of Dylan Poche of Natchez.

On the evening of January 31, 2016, Dylan Poche and others had gathered at the boat launch across the Sibley Lake One-Stop on Highway 504 in Natchitoches.

During the same evening, Wallace approached the gathering at the boat launch on three separate occasions after having arrived in a vehicle driven William Holman.

When the defendant arrived at the boat launch for the third time that evening, Wallace exited the vehicle and eventually engaged in a physical fight with Mr. Poche.  During that fight, Wallace pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed Poche once, resulting in his death.

District Attorney, Billy Joe Harrington said, “This incident is a tragedy for Dylan’s family and the entire community who are close to them.”  “Moreover, I hope our young people can see how disagreements can quickly escalate to violence, sometimes with a fatal outcome.”  My hope is that the resolution of this case will bring some healing and closure to the community and especially the families.

Assistant District Attorney, J. Chris Guillet prosecuted the case before Judge Harry Randow, who was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to preside over the case.

The defendant was represented by Attorney Robert S. Noel, II from Monroe, Louisiana,

Wallace is scheduled to be sentenced on October 18, 2017 upon the completion pre-sentence investigation by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.