ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Damarcus Scales, 33, one of two people charged with the murder of Joseph Roy, 42, last week outside of the Bolton Avenue Community Center, has a lengthy arrest history - his most recent arrest happening just six days before Roy's murder.
According to the Alexandria Police Department, on March 2, Scales was arrested for criminal trespassing, possession of CDS I, and resisting arrest by giving false information. He was able to post a $2,000 bond, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.
According to APD, he has arrests dating back to 2002. In October 2004, he pleaded guilty as charged to possession of CDS I. He was sentenced to 30 days with credit for time served.
About a month earlier, on January 31, he was arrested for failure to pay a fine, contempt of court, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and resisting an officer. Someone put up a property bond and he was able to get out.
In December 2005, the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office dismissed a possession of CDS I charge and resisting an officer charge he faced. But, in that same month, he pleaded guilty as charged to possession of marijuana, a second offense. He was sentenced to three years of hard labor.
In December 2006, the DA's Office dismissed a simple escape from the DOC charge.
In January 2007, the DA's Office dismissed a possession of CDS I charge, remaining after being forbidden charge, and a resisting an officer charge.
In August 2008, Scales pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of attempted possession of a firearm by a felon, he was initially charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. He also pleaded guilty as charged to possession of CDS II. He was sentenced to five years of hard labor for CDS II and seven years of hard labor for attempted fire arm by a felon, the sentence was to be served concurrent.
In May 2014, he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of illegal use of a weapon, he was initially charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. The DA's Office dismissed a charge of firearm possession by a felon. He was sentenced to three years and six months of hard labor. The court recommended work release as well.
LaToshia Thomas, 32, who was also charged with second degree murder, has a few arrests of her own.
According to court records, in February 2004, she pleaded guilty as charged for possession of CDS I with the possession with intent to distribute. A charge of unauthorized use > $1,000 was dismissed by the DA's Office. She was sentenced to supervised probation for three years.
In March 2009, Thomas pleaded guilty as charged to disturbing the peace by fighting. She was sentenced to pay a $100 fine and $174 in court costs.