On May 9, 2019, Denzel Gray of 100 Fourth St. Donaldsonville, LA., age 26, pled guilty to Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts). Gray was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Charles “Chuck” Long, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2018 arrest.
On December 21, 2018, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a location in Donaldsonville regarding a suspicious vehicle complaint. Upon arrival to the area, deputies located a male subject in a parked car slumped over and displayed signs of being under the influence of narcotics. Deputies made contact with the subject who was identified as Denzel Gray. Deputies instructed Gray to exit the vehicle, but Gray refused to comply. Deputies eventually removed Gray from the vehicle. Gray engaged in a physical altercation with the deputies and attempted to flee. Deputies were able to place Gray under arrest without further incident. While near the vehicle, deputies detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle, and observed a backpack near Gray’s feet inside of the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle and the backpack, deputies located a variety of illegal narcotics including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine. Deputies also located a 9mm handgun as well as miscellaneous items commonly associated with the packaging and sale of narcotics. Gray was subsequently transported to the Ascension Parish Detention Center where he was booked accordingly.
Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Gray was sentenced to 8 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.