Gramercy Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearm Possession

          On August 12, 2019, Mandarryl Walters of 202 Ellis St. Gramercy, LA., age 36, pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (2 counts). Walters was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following separate arrests.

          On September 21, 2016, deputies with the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a Lutcher residence in reference to a physical altercation. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the complainant who advised that Mandarryl Walters had struck him in the head with a gun resulting in a minor laceration to his head. Based on statements and apparent physical injuries, deputies obtained a warrant of arrest for Walters. Walters was subsequently arrested and booked into the St. James Parish Detention Center. Walters has a 2003 felony conviction for Attempted Manslaughter in St. James Parish. 

          On January 22, 2017, officers with the Gramercy Police Department received a report of a domestic related incident at a local residence. While in route, officers observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle which the suspect, Mandarryl Walters, left the area in. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with occupants. During an investigatory stop, officers observed Walters to be in possession of a handgun. Walters was subsequently arrested and booked into the St. James Parish Detention Center on charges including Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. At the time of this incident, Walters was out on bond in connection with the previously mentioned arrest.

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charges, pursuant to the plea agreement with prosecutors, Walters was sentenced to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count to run concurrent with one another. The said sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.