DA announces plea in Sylvia Morrow attempted theft case

Sylvia Morrow

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today that Natchitoches City Councilwoman Sylvia Morrow was convicted by entering a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) relating to a Dec. 18, 2017 attempted theft case from Walmart in Natchitoches.

Morrow was scheduled for trial today in Natchitoches City Court but instead changed her plea from not guilty to nolo contendere.

A nolo contendere plea is considered a conviction in Louisiana law. In such cases, the court imposes sentencing in accordance with the laws applicable to the charge.

Natchitoches City Court Judge Fred S. Gahagan sentenced Morrow under the guidelines of Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure Article 894 to 60 days in jail, but suspended the sentence and placed her on probation for 6 months. Gahagan also fined Morrow $481 or 30 days in jail if not paid by June 26, and ordered her to pay restitution of $78.13 to the City Marshal’s office which will be returned to the victim.

First Assistant District Attorney Cloyd Benjamin, Jr. prosecuted the case for the City.

“Our community expects our elected leaders to maintain a public trust. It is quite disappointing when one of our leaders fail in that regard by being convicted of a crime,” said Harrington.

6 thoughts on “DA announces plea in Sylvia Morrow attempted theft case

  1. How in the world can anyone who is convicted of stealing stay in office???
    I would just like to know the answer to that!!
    I would NEVER have thought of Sylvia Morrow as a thief. Guess nothing surprises me any more.

  2. I say bravo Mrs.Marrow ! If you are able to sleep at night and live with yourself
    after commiting a crime,stealing from the city you live in god bless you .
    I hope you run for higher office one day because you already exhibit the traits
    of a politician.
    ( insert sarcasm ).

    • As much as I hate to admit you are right, I have to say you probably are, I can’t understand why people don’t understand if it is in one’s nature to steal, especially one who is old enough to know it’s wrong, is gonna steal. If she steals from WalMart, she is gonna steal from the people she represents. She care not one wit for anyone but herself! Open your eyes people!

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