This brings the 2022 Guilty Pleas Secured Total to 285 and builds off last week’s convictions secured in court

NEW ORLEANS – During the first half of March 2022, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office (OPDA) secured 90 new guilty pleas to ensure appropriate accountability for crime in our neighborhoods. Guilty pleas were secured for a number of violent offenses including theft, illegal possession of weapons, burglary, sexual assault and domestic violence.

This brings the total number of guilty pleas secured in 2022 to 285. During the first two months of 2022, the office secured a total of 195 guilty pleas for offenses. Last year, despite court closures, OPDA secured over 3500 guilty pleas in over 1700 cases. Our office is laser-focused on prosecuting violent crimes committed in our neighborhoods.


These new guilty pleas secured build on the work of prosecutors to secure guilty verdicts on all charges in all cases, including three murder cases, presented in court last week.

DA Williams, along with OPDA Trials Division Chief Matthew Derbes, secured the conviction of defendant Samuel Hunter for the Second Degree Murder of Anthony Bridges in the 1700 block of Monroe Street on Christmas Day 2020.

Assistant District Attorneys (ADA) Liz Strauss and Adele Krieger secured the conviction of Demeccio Caston for the Second Degree Murder of Patrick Lamar in New Orleans East in August 2019. Lastly, ADAs Samantha Stagias and Carmen Gealogo secured the conviction of Trae Williams for the manslaughter of his uncle Eddie Salvant III in Algiers in April 2014.

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