District Attorney’s office announces disposition of criminal cases

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District Attorney Billy Joe

Harrington announced May

16 the disposition of recent

criminal cases in the 10th

Judicial District Court.

Merrick Pikes, 24, of

Natchitoches received sentencing

for two counts of

armed robbery.

Pikes previously pleaded

guilty to the charges in

February. The guilty pleas

were related to the December

2015 armed robberies of

Dollar General on University

Parkway and Dollar General

on Highway 3175 in

Natchitoches.

At the sentencing, 10th

Judicial District Judge

Desiree Dyess sentenced Pikes

to 16 years in prison at hard

labor without benefit of

parole, probation or suspension

of sentence. The case

was prosecuted by Assistant

District Attorney Amanda

McClung.

In a separate case, Judge

Dyess sentenced Dekarius G.

Edwards, 34, to 12 years and

six months in prison, following

his guilty pleas to one

count of possession of a

firearm by a convicted felon

and one count of possession of

a firearm in the presence of a

controlled dangerous substance.

The sentence was ordered

to be served

without benefit

of parole,

probation or

suspension of

sentence.

The guilty

plea stemmed

f r o m

E d w a r d s ,

being a previously

convicted

felon, found to be in possession

of a handgun, crack

cocaine and methamphetamine

at the time of his arrest.

The case was prosecuted by

Assistant District Attorney

Chris Guillet.