District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced the court dispositions of four felony criminal cases that were charged in the district court.
Division “A” Judge Desiree Dyess was the presiding judge in the following cases:
Jaleel Tousant, 25 of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on three unrelated felony charges. Tousant was sentenced to five years of incarceration for one count of accessory after the fact – burglary relating to a December 2019 incident in which numerous items were stolen from a Natchitoches residence and later sold to a pawn shop.
Additionally, Tousant was sentenced to five years of incarceration for one count of home invasion relating to a February 2019 incident.
Also, Tousant was sentenced to four years of incarceration for battery on a correctional officer relating to a February 2020 incident when he was in custody at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
Assistant District Attorney Cloyd Benjamin prosecuted the cases. In addition to the three aforementioned cases, Tousant has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder and will be tried on these charges in 2023.
Billy Rains, 32 of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Rains was sentenced to six years of incarceration without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. The guilty plea and sentencing relates to a 2017 traffic stop in which Rains was in possession of a handgun. Rains was prohibited from possessing firearms due to his prior felony criminal conviction.
Assistant District Attorneys Cloyd Benjamin and Bray Williams prosecuted the cases.