Two plea guilty Monday
By: Howell Dennis
Henderson guilty of theft, second degree battery
CROWLEY - Kim Henderson pled guilty to theft over $500 and aggravated second degree battery on Monday. Henderson was arrested for the shooting of Reginald Phillips and the embezzlement of $59,644.58 from the Acadia Parish Sheriffs Office.
Henderson will remain free during a 90 day pre-sentencing investigation.
Henderson, formerly Kim Phillips, shot her former husband Reginald Phillps multiple times in the back during a domestic dispute at their home on the 800 block of N. Ave. L in Crowley. Apparently Mr. Phillips was removing some items from their home when an argument ensued. Henderson then retrieved a firearm and shot Phillips.
The theft charge stems from Henderson’s employment with the Acadia parish Sheriff’s Office. During her employment, she embezzled the money through the department she was working in.
Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon was out of town Tuesday and will comment on the situation when he returns.
The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office.
Richard enters guilty plea to vehicular homicide in 2008 wreck
CROWLEY - Loretta Richard, of Gueydan, pled guilty Monday to vehicular homicide in the October 19, 2008 accident that claimed the life of Chad Trahan, 33, of Crowley. Richard was determined to be drunk at the time of the wreck.
Richard will be sentenced following a 90 day pre-sentencing investigation.
The single vehicle accident happened on Airport Rd. just south of Crowley. Richard and another passenger were transported to Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette.
“Mike Harson and the district attorney’s office hope this sends a message that drinking and driving can have tragic results and it will not be tolerated,” said Assistant District Attorney Rogers Hamilton who prosecuted the case.