Defendant’s confession suppressed in 2018 by Supreme Court due to Miranda Rights violation; Since jury trials resumed, DA’s Office has secured convictions in every single case that has gone to trial
NEW ORLEANS – Last week, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office (OPDA) secured a conviction via guilty plea for Second Degree Rape and Second Degree Kidnapping. Led by Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Division Chief Mary Glass and ADA Naomi Jones, defendant Lamarque Victor pled guilty to the rape and kidnapping of a minor, a 10-year old girl, in New Orleans East in May 2018.
“This office remains laser-focused on continuing to do everything in our power to hold those who commit violent offenses accountable, especially when they are in violation of the children of our community. The young people of this city are our future and this office will do everything we can to protect them from predators looking to misuse them,” said District Attorney Jason Williams. “The trauma this young girl endured is heartbreaking and egregious. We pray this conviction provides this family with some closure and peace to move forward.”
In May 2018, Victor, who was 16 years of age at the time of the crime, sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl. The victim underwent a forensic exam at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans which led to a DNA match to Victor.
SAKI Division Chief Mary Glass said, “Sexual assault in our city, especially against children, will not be tolerated and our office will use every resource we have to ensure prosecution. We continue to pray for the victim and her family; we hope that she is able to move forward with a beautiful, long life ahead of her knowing that the person who violated her has been held accountable. In addition to ADA Naomi Jones, I would like to thank Victim/Witness Advocate Ariel White and Investigator David Benelli for their hard work on this case.”
The guilty plea took place in Section J of Criminal District Court; Judge Darryl Derbigny presided. The defendant was sentenced to 30 years in prison and is required to register as a sexual offender for the duration of his life.
Since 2020, amidst the pandemic and hurricane shutdowns, OPDA’s SAKI Division has secured 29 guilty pleas for various sexual assault cases. Additionally, SAKI Division Chief Glass and ADA Jones secured the conviction defendant William McDonough for a rape in September 2016.