Juvenile Free After Arrest for Attempted First Degree Murder

According to Chief of Police, Randy Fontenot, officers with the Eunice Police Department arrested a 16 year old Tuesday on a warrant for Attempted First Degree Murder.

Posted: Feb 3, 2021 8:43 AM

Eunice, LA. – According to Chief of Police, Randy Fontenot, officers with the Eunice Police Department arrested a 16 year old Tuesday on a warrant for Attempted First Degree Murder. The charges stem from a drive-by shooting that occurred on E. Maple Ave at the intersection of Lewis Street on January 3, 2021. Another juvenile sustained minor injuries in the shooting. Previously arrested for this incident were De’Mante Gallow and Jerwasky Thomas.
When arrested, officers found six grams of marijuana and synthetic marijuana on the juvenile. He is also being charged with the Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.
The problem with this case, according to Chief Fontenot, is that this same juvenile was sentenced to serve Juvenile Life for his involvement in two August 2019 burglaries of homes where guns and ammunition were stolen, one being an M-16 rifle.
Juvenile life means a juvenile is to serve a sentence in a juvenile facility until the age of 21. However, with the Criminal Justice Reform Act in Louisiana, the juvenile was scheduled to be paroled at the age of 16, serving less than one year of his 6 year sentence. Then Covid-19 reared its ugly head and he was released even earlier than his scheduled Parole date.
This particular juvenile’s record consisted of arrests for a December 2016 theft, August 2017 shoplifting, March 2018 drug violations, July 2019 Illegal Possession of Handguns by a Juvenile and August 2019, 2 counts of Simple Burglary where the guns and ammunition were stolen. The juvenile was also listed as a suspect in several other reports on file with the Eunice Police Department, although no charges were filed in these cases.
The juvenile was released to his parent’s custody and allowed to return home after being booked on the Attempted First Degree Murder and felony drug charges because of the lack of facilities to detain juveniles and the state’s unwillingness to detain juveniles for parole violations.
According to Chief Fontenot, this is a result of the Governor’s Justice Reform in order to reduce Louisiana’s incarceration rates.

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