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Kevin Allen Ballard and Cody Andrew Sturrock

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Courtroom Roundup: Local men indicted on multiple charges

Last Modified: Friday, December 06, 2013 11:36 AM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A grand jury in state district court on Thursday indicted two men on charges related to an armed robbery of the Insta-Cash at 2620 Common Street on Oct. 15.

Cody Andrew Sturrock, 19, 6800 Bonne Meadow Lane, and Kevin Allen Ballard, 29, 1803 N. Tallowood Drive, were indicted on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, theft between $500 and $1,500, armed robbery, armed robbery with a firearm and simple arson.

At a news conference on Oct. 16, Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon said the men wore masks and gloves during a “well-planned, well-thought-out” robbery.

A white truck the men were reportedly seen leaving in was found on fire in a vacant lot on Fall Street a few minutes after the Insta-Cash was robbed, Dixon said. The truck was reported stolen earlier in the morning of Oct. 15 and the plates had been switched, Dixon said.

Dixon said it was believed that Sturrock and Ballard left the truck on foot for a vehicle waiting at another location.

The robbery happened before 10 a.m. Oct. 15. Ballard was arrested at 7:05 p.m that day and Sturrock was arrested at 9:43 p.m.

Ballard has faced armed robbery charges in the past, as well as theft, simple burglary and drug charges.

A bill of information was filed against Sturrock in September on charges of public intimidation and retaliation.

Mexican man sentenced for illegally transporting immigrants

A Mexican man who pleaded guilty in August to illegally transporting people into the country was sentenced to 12 months in prison, said U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley.

State police stopped Juan Betancourt-Duran, 30, on April 24 for a traffic violation and found that nine of the people in his vehicle couldn’t produce U.S.-issued identification, she said.

Four of the passengers were from Honduras, two were from Mexico, two were from El Salvador and one was from Guatemala. They reportedly paid $1,200-$7,000 each to be smuggled into the United States.

Some of the immigrants said they stayed at various residences in separate towns in Texas before being moved to Houston. From there, Finley said, Betancourt-Duran was to drive them to various cities on the East Coast.

Betancourt-Duran, 30, will be deported after he completes his sentence.

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