Walker Man Pleads Guilty Following Ascension Parish Automobile Theft

          Last week, Owen Rea of 5111 Chambord Dr. Walker, LA., age 37, pled guilty to Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Felony Theft. Rea was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Shawn Bush, 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 2016 automobile theft. 

          On November 26, 2016, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Prairieville convenience store in reference to an automobile theft. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the victim who advised that he arrived at the store and left his 2014 Ford F-150 running as he proceeded into the store. Upon exiting the store, the victim noticed that the truck had been stolen. The victim advised that there was a quantity of U.S. currency inside the vehicle along with a cellular phone. Investigating officers received information indicating that the vehicle was stolen by Owen Rea. On November 29, 2016, the vehicle was located abandoned in the Walker area. After identifying Rea as a suspect in this matter, Rea, who had outstanding warrants for his arrest, was apprehended by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. During an interview, Rea confessed to being in possession of the vehicle. Rea was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. 

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Rea was sentenced to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 5 years on each count. It was ordered that the said sentences are to run consecutive to one another for a total of 10 years.