|Jena Mayor and Chief of
Police indicted Tuesday
Jena Mayor James Robbins and Jena Chief of Police George L. King were each indicted by the LaSalle Parish Grand Jury yesterday on felony charges.
LaSalle Parish district attorney J. Reed Walters called the jury into session Tuesday, October 21st to hear testimony and evidence on two separate cases, one of which involved the mayor and chief of police for the Town of Jena.
Chief King was indicted on one count of malfeasance in office, a felony, for his part in the October 6th incident where Mayor Robbins punched Jena Alderman Gary Compton.
Malfeasance in office carries a miximum sentance of five years with or without hard labor and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Mayor Robbins was indicted on four different charges, one of those being the result of his conduct on October 6th.
The Grand Jury found that there was enough evidence to charge the mayor with simple battery as a result of striking Compton October 6th around 4 p.m. at the Town Hall.
The simple battery charge is a misdemeanor.
However, at the Grand Jury session, members also heard evidence against the mayor on two other separate incidents.
According to DA Walters, the Grand Jury indicted Robbins for two counts of public intimidation, which are felony charges.
|These two charges are a
result of a telephone call Robbins allegedly made to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's
Department March 9th of this year.
Walters would not elaborate to what Robbins said during the telephone call to the department, however the legal definition of public intimidation is "the use of violence, force, or threats" against public officials "with the intent to influence his conduct in relation to his position, employment, or duty."
The maximum sentence on each count of public intimidation is five years with or without hard labor and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Robbins was also indicted on one other misdemeanor, unauthorized use of a moveable, as a result of actions he took on March 30th of this year at a residence inside the Jena City Limits.
Walters felt it would inappropriate to comment any further on any of the incidents that derived the indictments by the Grand Jury befor a trial is helt.
The district attorney noted that 28th Judicial District court Judge J.P. Mauffray, Jr was not in his office Tuesday afternoon, therefore warrants on Robbins and King could not be obtained until today (Wednesday)
The DA said that once the warrants are issued the mayor and chief would be arrested and booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail.
Arrignment for King and Robbins will be held November 9, 2003, and if they pled not guilty trial dates will be set.