Lutcher Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Simple Burglary Charge

          On April 30, 2019, Kenneth Camel of 2367 Lionel Washington St. Lutcher, LA., age 46, pled guilty to Simple Burglary. Camel was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2018 burglary investigation.

           On January 9, 2018, detectives with the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary in the city of Lutcher after officers with the Lutcher Police Department responded to a silent alarm call at a local residence. Upon arrival officers walked around the residence and observed that a window in the front of the residence was broken. Shortly after, the homeowners arrived and were able to produce surveillance video footage of the burglary. Detectives learned that an unknown male subject entered the residence through the broken window. Once inside, the subject used a crow bar to pry open a wooden cabinet when the alarm went off. The subject attempted to disarm the alarm and when unsuccessful, the subject exited through the window and fled the area. Detectives swabbed several areas inside of the residence for DNA. All DNA evidence was submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. On May 16, 2018, detectives were notified by the Crime Lab that a DNA profile was obtained and it was a match to the DNA profile of Kenneth Camel. Detectives applied for and was granted a search warrant to obtain a DNA sample from Camel. Detectives submitted this sample to the Crime Lab. Crime Lab personnel confirmed that the DNA sample obtained at the scene was identical to the DNA sample taken from Camel. Camel was subsequently arrested and booked into the St. James Parish Detention Center.

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Camel was sentenced to 7 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.