NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) — According to Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van Kyzar, several individuals received prison sentences after entering guilty pleas recently in District Court.
Cody Lane Crittenden, 28, of 815 Woodard Dr., pled guilty to the charge of Vehicular Homicide and was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections. Crittenden was arrested March 17, 2012, by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office after they investigated a fatality crash that occurred on Fish Hatchery Road. As a result of the crash, a passenger in the vehicle, 35-year-old Eddie D. Hayes of Robeline, was killed. Crittenden, the driver, had a blood alcohol content of .23% at the time of the crash, almost three times the legal limit of intoxication.
Zachary D. Slate, 25, of 107 Lewis Loop, Natchez, pled guilty to Possession of Cocaine and received a four-year sentence. Slate was arrested February 20, 2013, by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office after they responded to a complaint call at the Rite Way Grocery in Natchez. Slate fled from officers on foot and was apprehended a short time later after a foot chase. He had crack cocaine in his jacket pocket, along with $1,429 in cash.
Lewis Armstrong, 30, an inmate serving a nine-year sentence for a narcotics charge, pled guilty to Contraband in Jail and received an additional six months in jail after being found to be in possession of a cell phone while incarcerated at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
Ouncre D. Jones, 37, of 799 Bayou Derbonne Rd., pled guilty to Theft > $500 and received a four-year sentence. Jones was arrested March 3, 2013, by the Natchitoches Police Department after he was seen on security footage stealing a computer from Wal-Mart.
Billy Mitchell, Jr., 36, of 1026 Highland Park Dr., pled guilty to Distribution of Ecstasy and received a six-year sentence. Mitchell was arrested April 12, 2012, by agents with the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force after conducting a six month investigation into reports that Mitchell was selling Ecstasy from his residence.
Craig Lachney, Jr., 30, of 264 Station Yard Rd., Robeline, pled guilty to Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and received a nine-year sentence. Lachney was arrested February 12, 2013, by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office after they responded to a complaint that Lachney was having a sexual relationship with a juvenile, which resulted in the juvenile becoming pregnant. As a result of this conviction, Lachney will be required to register as a sex offender for a 15-year period after his release from prison.
Melvin C. Sanders, 45, of 8562 Rush St., Baton Rouge, pled guilty to Attempt to Obtain a Controlled Dangerous Substance by Fraud and received a 2 ½ year sentence. Sanders was arrested February 13, 2013, by agents with the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force after they were contacted by a local pharmacy that Sanders was attempting to obtain prescription drugs using fake prescriptions.
Justin Wade Freeman, 30, of 121 Bob's Lane, Many, pled guilty to Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and received a four-year sentence. Freeman was arrested June 23, 2013, by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office after they responded to a call of an intruder at a residence in the Allen Community. Freeman had removed an air conditioner and entered the home without permission but fled after being discovered by the home owners. He was also on felony probation for burglary in 2012. Freeman's probation was revoked in connection with this guilty plea and he was sentenced to 10 years at hard labor.
Jeremy D. Willis, 30, of 8930 Hwy. 1, Robeline, pled guilty to DWI—3rd Offense and received a five-year sentence, all but one-year was suspended. The remaining four years of his sentence will be served on probation. Willis was arrested April 24, 2013, by the Louisiana State Police after a one-vehicle crash on Collins Road. Willis had previous DWI convictions in Allen Parish in 2006 and in Natchitoches Parish in 2008.
1st Assistant District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington prosecuted the cases for the State.