On April 28, 2016, Edwar A. Soto, age 36, of 2730 Tifton St. Kenner, LA., was found guilty by an Ascension Parish jury of three counts of Theft of an Automobile. Jury deliberation lasted approximately 15 minutes. Soto was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples. The presiding judge was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert.
Between the months of March and April of 2014, Soto without permission removed three broken down vehicles from the side of Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish. Following the removal of these vehicles, Soto sold the vehicles in the New Orleans area.
Per the Honorable Judge Kliebert sentencing was deferred pending a pre-sentence investigation. Soto has a prior conviction for Aggravated Burglary. Soto is facing up to 15 years in prison.