Courtroom Roundup: Man in murder case to stay under state supervision

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A man found to be insane when he killed another man in 1999 was ordered to stay under state supervision for at least another

year on Wednesday.

Judge Wilford Carter followed the

recommendation of state workers that Anthony Arceneaux, 37, remain under

supervision. Arceneaux’s

case will be reviewed again on Sept. 23, 2014.

Arceneaux was charged with second-degree murder in 1999, but in 2001 Judge David Painter found him likely insane when he beat

42-year-old Charles Guillory to death in February 1999.

Psychiatrists diagnosed Arceneaux with schizophrenia and said he likely did not know right from wrong at the time of the crime.

Defense attorney King Alexander said Arceneaux is working and “doing well” and is “compliant” on anti-psychotic medications.

Arceneaux has been under “lighter and lighter degrees of controlled supervision,” Alexander said.

Arceneaux has been living with his family for 14 months and wishes to move with them out of state, but state workers recommended

he continue to be supervised in Louisiana.

“They had no complaints about him; it’s just too soon,” Alexander said.

Accused molester gets 15 years

Carter sentenced a man convicted of molestation of a juvenile to 15 years in prison without parole on Wednesday.

In May, Carter found Ashaki Okung Kelly, 37, guilty of molestation of a juvenile. Kelly was originally charged with three

counts of aggravated rape and two counts of oral sexual battery.

He was accused of raping his girlfriend’s two young daughters in late 2012. The sentence drew some debate because the law

requires different sentencing for molestation of a juvenile under 13 — at least 25 years in prison.

Public defender King Alexander asked Carter to throw out Kelly’s conviction. While Carter did not grant the request, he did

agree that when he found Kelly guilty, he did not realize the conviction carried a 25-year sentence.

Carter sentenced Kelly to 15 years under the part of the law for victims 13 to 16 years old.

Carter said the offense date was Nov. 24, 2012.

Former Calcasieu prosecutor pleads guilty

A former Calcasieu prosecutor pleaded guilty to an obscenity charge in Orleans Parish on Monday.

According to the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, former Calcasieu First Assistant District Attorney Ronnie Rossitto

pleaded guilty to one count of obscenity and one count of buying alcohol for someone under 21.

He was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison term and two years’ probation. He must pay a $1,500 fine and stay away from

the 20-year-old man involved. The charge stems from an April 4 incident.

Chris Bowman, assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish, declined to comment.

Rossitto was a prosecutor for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office for more than 30 years and was first assistant

district attorney under Rick Bryant.

“Ronnie Rossitto was an assistant district attorney in this office for more than 30 years and served on many juvenile boards

and helped write the Louisiana children’s code,” District Attorney John DeRosier said.

“He was put on committees by the federal government and by the state of Louisiana and contributed tremendously to the juvenile

justice system in Louisiana.

“This unfortunate event brought an early end to a very successful career of public service.”

Rossitto resigned in July. When asked whether the charges had anything to do with Rossitto’s resignation, DeRosier said, “I

would expect that had something to do with it.”