On December 16, 2016, Drake Butler, age 22, of Walker, LA., pled guilty to First Degree Robbery. Butler was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. This guilty plea was a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following the robbery of a Bayou L’Ourse man.
On February 2, 2016, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Hwy 662 in Bayou L’Ourse in reference to a robbery that had just taken place. Deputies were given a description of a vehicle seen leaving the scene immediately after the robbery. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, and made contact with three individuals including Butler. During the course of the traffic stop, deputies observed then victim’s driver’s license, a small amount of U.S. currency, and a credit card in plain view. The items observed in the vehicle were consistent with the list of items reportedly taken from the victim during the robbery. Butler was transported to the Assumption Parish Jail where he was booked accordingly.
Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Veridgets ordered that Butler be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of five years with credit for time served. The imposed sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.