7 felons prosecuted in district court

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District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced Monday the disposition of seven criminal cases that were prosecuted in the 10th Judicial District Court, Division B. In each of the cases, the defendants pleaded guilty to felonies that included kidnapping, burglary, home invasion, drug distribution and escape.

“The cases are serious matters. In prosecuting these cases, we were able to seek justice for the victims of the crimes and seek appropriate and fair punishment for the offenders,” Harrington said.

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Christian Payton, 29, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to second degree kidnapping resulting from a 2015 arrest. Payton was sentenced to 14 years at hard labor.

Kendrick Price, 25, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to home invasion and false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon after his 2018 arrest. Price was sentenced to 10 years at hard labor.

Cedric Washington, 39, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substances, methamphetamine, stemming from a 2018 arrest. Washington was sentenced to six years at hard labor.

Quinton Zeno, 25, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to simple burglary after his arrest in February. Zeno was sentenced to five years at hard labor.

Broadus Davis, 39, of Homer, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substances, methamphetamine. He was arrested in March. Davis was sentenced to four years at hard labor.

JALEN HOPWOOD (NEW)

Arrested in February, Jale Hopwood, 34, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty to simple escape. Hopwood received the maximum sentence for a work release inmate, one year, in addition to the sentence he is currently serving.

Andrew Moore, 43, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to possession Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substances after his arrest in March. Moore was sentenced to 20 months at hard labor.

Roderick Rachal, 40, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to battery of a correctional facility employee after his arrest in October 2018. Rachal was sentenced to serve one year and two months at hard labor. Rachal also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery after he was arrested in September of 2018. Rachal was sentenced to the maximum of six months in jail, with sentence to run consecutive to the one-year and two-month sentences.

JEREMY ARMSTRONG

Jeremy Armstrong, 35, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to principal to possession of Schedule I (Marijuana) with intent to distribute after he was arrested in April. Armstrong was sentenced to two years at hard labor.

Gregory R. Lewis, 29, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery as a result of his arrest in May. Lewis was sentenced to three years at hard labor.

The above cases were prosecuted in Division “B” by Assistant District Attorneys Chris Guillet, Shantel Wempren and the late Charles Seaman. Judge Lala Sylvester presided over the cases.