Prairieville Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Extortion

          On February 11, 2019, Trevor Rodrigue of 16097 Tiger Heights Dr. Prairieville, LA., age 24, pled guilty as charged to Extortion. Rodrigue was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This guilty plea stems from a 2018 arrest.

          On July 7, 2018, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a Geismar residence regarding a telephone harassment complaint. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the complainant who told deputies that she had received multiple threatening phone calls from Trevor Rodrigue who was incarcerated at the Ascension Parish Detention Center for Felony Domestic Abuse charges. Deputies learned that the complainant was actually the victim of these crimes. Deputies were able to listen to portions of the calls and heard Rodrigue making death threats to the complainant along with some of her friends and family. In addition, Rodrigue threatened to reveal false information regarding the complainant which if true would be classified as sensitive, if the complainant did not put money on Rodrigue’s account at the jail.

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charge, sentencing was deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.

          On May 28, 2019, Rodrigue appeared before Judge Kliebert for sentencing. Judge Kliebert ordered that Rodrigue be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 12 years with credit for time served.