Conviction of Four Defendants

District Attorney Charles J. Ballay announces the conviction and sentencing of four defendants, all of whom pleaded guilty in Division A of the 25th Judicial District Court, Plaquemines Parish, on February 19, 2013, presiding Judge Kevin Conner. All cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joseph E. Roberts.

The defendants are listed below:

Cantrell L. Riley, 23 years of age, of Empire, LA for the crimes of Looting, under LA R. S., Art. 14:62.5, Forgery, under LA R.S., Art. 14:72, and Distribution of Cocaine, under LA R. S., Art. 40:967A(1). The looting took place on August 31, 2012, after Hurricane Isaac, at the LeNguyen Marine Supply and Food Market in Buras, LA. It was investigated by Captain Mark Plumer. For that case, Mr. Riley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison, the maximum penalty authorized by law. He also pleaded to the Forgery case, which was investigated by Detective Sidney Smith, and was sentenced to serve 6 years in prison. In the last case, Distribution of Cocaine, which was investigated by Agent Walter Lejeune, he was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison. Mr. Riley had previously been convicted of burglary in 2011.

Kenneth D. Waters, 19 years of age, of Buras, LA, was the accomplice and co-defendant of Cantrell Riley in the Looting of the LeNguyen Marine Supply and Food Market on August 31, 2012 after Hurricane Isaac. Accordingly, he was charged with Looting, under LA R.S., Art. 14:62.5. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 4 years in prison.

Nicholas Cognevich, 33 years of age, of Diamondhead, MS, was apprehended and arrested after committing a burglary in Belle Chasse, LA on December 3, 2012, by Deputy Joey Rees. He was charged with Burglary, under LA R.S., Art. 14:62, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison. He had a previous conviction for narcotics.

Jennifer Cone, 28 years of age, from Boothville, LA, was arrested on December 15, 2012, in Boothville, for Creation/Operation of a Clandestine Lab, under LA R.S., Art. 40:982. The lab was used for the production of methamphetamines. She was arrested by Deputy Javon Ancar and Deputy Holli Hardin. Ms. Cone pleaded guilty as charged and was sentenced to serve 8 years in prison.

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