Darren Holmes, 21, was one of six men indicted in connection with the January 2012 rape of a nurse on South Gayoso Street, and pleaded guilty Tuesday to forcible rape in that case, receiving a 40-year prison sentence, according to John Simerman of the New Orleans Advocate. Holmes also received the same sentence on the same charge in connection with a more recent jailhouse rape, with his attorney noting that testimony relating to the prison incident would have made trial on the first charge more difficult for Holmes, Simerman reports.
Timothy Hartford, 29, and Joshua Hogan,25, were found guilty of attempted looting last summer in the August 2012 break-in of a Central City convenience store, but they were sentenced as multiple offenders to 20 years in prison, according to a report by Helen Freund of The Times-Picayune. Officials told the newspaper that Hartford and Hogan had “multiple chances” in the system prior to these charges.
A mistrial was declared in the manslaughter trial of Kristin Hunter, 50, after the jury deadlocked following his story of self-defense in the October 2012 stabbing death of his 37-year-old boyfriend, Marcel Ivory, according to another report by Freund. Hunter is set for another trial in May, the newspaper reports.