Vacherie Man Pleads Guilty to Simple Burglary of Local Residence

          On July 1, 2019, Shamar Harris of 1281 Magnolia Heights Vacherie, LA., age 21, pled guilty to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling. Harris was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Bruce Mohon, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner Jr. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a January residential burglary.

          On January 14, 2019, deputies with the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential burglary in Vacherie. Upon arrival, deputies observed that there were surveillance cameras on the residence, with a t-shirt thrown over one of the cameras. Deputies canvassed the scene and observed that a window unit had been pushed in the window. Shortly after, deputies engaged in a foot pursuit after a male subject was seen running from the area. This subject was able to evade the deputies. Detectives arrived on scene and learned that a surveillance camera had footage of a male subject running from the home once the burglar alarm was activated. That subject was identified as Shamar Harris. The patrol deputy who gave chase gave a description of the subject who he observed running from the area. The description matched that of Harris. Harris was subsequently apprehended and booked into the St. James Parish Detention Center.

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charge, pursuant to the plea agreement with prosecutors, Harris was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.