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Pierre Part Man Pleads Guilty to Burglary Charge

          On January 31, 2019, Elray Domingue of 108 N Randy St. Pierre Part, LA., age 51, pled guilty to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling. Domingue was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2017 arrest.

           On December 13, 2016, deputies with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a camp near Lake Verret in Pierre Part in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the victim who advised that when he went to visit his camp, he noticed that it had been broken into and it appeared as if someone had been staying there for a period of time. Detectives responded and processed the scene. It was apparent that forced entry had been made and miscellaneous items had been taken from the interior of the camp. Detectives collected potential evidence which were submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab to be processed.

          On December 21, 2016, detectives traveled back to the camp to check if anything had been tampered with since their departure. At this time, detectives observed that forced entry had been made inside by a different means. Detectives again processed the scene and collected potential evidence.

           Several months later, detectives received information from the Crime Lab regarding the evidence submitted for analysis. Crime Lab personnel was able to collect a DNA sample from items collected from the interior of the camp that matched a DNA sample obtained from Elray Domingue. Detectives made contact with Domingue who made comments regarding the scene of the burglary which no one other than the suspect would have known. Based on the evidence collected and statements gathered, detectives obtained a warrant for Domingue’s arrest. Domingue was subsequently arrested and booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center.

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