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Fontenot pleads guilty; Mace trial continued to June 10

Last Modified: Monday, February 04, 2013 10:27 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

One of the men accused in a double shooting in May 2011 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday in 14th Judicial District Court.

Dvarius Akil Fontenot, 18, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to an amended charge of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to Holly Carter, spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office.

He is to be sentenced June 17.

Fontenot and Jeremy P. Lavergne were arrested in connection with a General Pershing Street shooting that left 19-year-old Leonard C. Lambert dead and another man injured.

Lambert was shot three times in his torso, according to a police report filed in court documents.

After the shooting, authorities said Lambert was brought to a local hospital by “private means,” but died at the hospital.

According to the police reports, witnesses said the shooting occurred during an altercation between females at a park.

A trial date for Lavergne is not set, Carter said.


The trial of 38-year-old Christopher Mace, accused of five counts of aggravated incest, was continued to June 10.

Mace, 3202 Utah St. in Sulphur, was arrested on Oct. 20, 2011. Authorities said he had sexual contact with a 15-year-old family member. He was released from jail after posting a $150,000 bond.

The trial of Leroy Ballou III, charged with attempted second-degree murder, was continued to June 10.

Ballou is accused of beating and strangling his fiancée.

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