On November 20, 2018, Alexander Howard of 18870 Bienville Ct. Prairieville, LA., age 29, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence. Howard was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2017 arrest.
On July 12, 2017, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office along with Probation and Parole Agents traveled to a Prairieville residence in effort to locate Alexander Howard who had an active warrant for a parole violation after being released from incarceration on May 17, 2016 for charges in Baton Rouge. Upon arrival to the residence, deputies observed Howard attempt to hide in a shed on the property. When deputies instructed Howard to come out, he fled on foot. After a short foot chase, deputies were able to wrestle Howard to the ground. Howard continued resisting and engaged in a physical altercation with deputies. Howard had to be tased before being restrained. Once restrained, Howard attempted to flee again. During a pat-down of Howard’s person, deputies located a quantity of Methamphetamine. Due to the nature of the altercation, and Howard being tased during the struggle, Howard was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated. Once cleared by medical staff, Howard was 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, Howard was sentenced to 8 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.