Daniel W. Newell, District Attorney for the Second Judicial District in and for the Parish of Claiborne makes the following announcement relative to disposition of cases in Claiborne Parish as indicated:
April 27, 2017
BIENVILLE PARISH JURY CONVICTS
The criminal career of Andrew Critton of Homer, Louisiana, ended Thursday afternoon when a Bienville Parish jury, after deliberating for less than fifty minutes, returned a unanimous verdict of guilty as charged in the rape and murder of 69 year old Ms. Sulyn Prince of Homer, Louisiana.
The Claiborne Parish case was moved to Bienville Parish at the request of the defendant. The trial began with jury selection on Monday, April 24. A jury, composed of 4 blacks and 8 whites, was finally seated around 10:00 p m Monday evening. According to the evidence, Andrew Critton began planning his attack on Ms. Prince, a correctional officer at Bayou Dorcheat Detention Center, even before he was released from Bayou Dorcheat on December 22, 2015. The case was presented on behalf of the State of Louisiana by District Attorney Danny Newell and Assistant District Attorney Cary Brown. Evidence produced at trial convinced the jury that on January 10, 2016, Andrew Critton put his plan in motion and was waiting for Ms. Prince when she arrived home from work. Ms. Prince was attacked almost immediately after she arrived home. This defenseless mother of three and grandmother of eight was brutally raped by the defendant both while she was alive and post mortem. He bludgeoned her to death with a wine bottle and then a fire extinguisher.
Under direct examination by Danny Newell, Dr. Christopher Tape, a forensic pathologist, testified that of the more than 2,000 autopsies he had conducted, the scalp and skull injuries sustained by Ms. Prince were the worst he had ever seen, with the exception of high speed vehicle crashes.
Cary Brown questioned forensic DNA analyst Julia Naylor. Through her testimony, it was established that the defendant’s DNA was found in the body of Ms. Prince and under a fingernail on her right hand. DNA was also found on a latex glove left at the crime scene by the defendant.
After brutally raping and murdering his victim, the defendant attempted to clean up the crime scene before burying the body of Ms. Prince in a shallow grave behind her house. District Attorney Newell stated, “Thanks to the excellent work of Master Trooper Michael Allen, along with his team of investigators, Officer Van McDaniel and other officers from the Homer Police Department, and detectives from the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Department, the defendant’s efforts to hide his identity failed”.
The defendant’s criminal career began in 1993 when he pled guilty to aggravated battery and was sentenced to ten years hard labor. Over the course of the next twenty-four years, the defendant has either pled guilty or been found guilty of eleven different crimes. His criminal career will permanently end on July 11, 2017, when he will be sentenced to the mandatory life in prison without the benefit of probation or parole for the second degree murder of Ms. Sulyn Prince. Newell stated, “My staff and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to Ms. Sue’s family and pray that this brings some measure of closure and comfort to them”.
February 7, 2017
Joaquin Drew – Pled guilty to three counts of Distribution of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and sentenced to 7 years hard labor on each count to run concurrent.
O’Brian Shelmon – Defendant pled guilty to Cruelty to the Infirmed and was sentenced to 1 year hard labor, to run concurrent with any other sentence he is currently serving.
Jimmy Washington – Pled guilty to two counts of Possession of Schedule II CDS and sentenced to 3 years hard labor on each count to run concurrent with any other sentence he is currently serving..
March 8, 2017
Demeatre Casey – Pled guilty to Second Degree Battery Simple Burglary of Motor Vehicle and sentenced to 2 years hard labor, suspended, two years supervised probation and ordered to pay fines and costs.
James Holland – Pled guilty to Simple Burglary of Motor Vehicle and two (2) counts of Forgery. Defendant was sentenced to 10 years hard labor on each count to run concurrent with any other sentence he is currently serving.
Jerome Mitchell – Pled guilty to Aggravated Burglary and Theft of a Firearm. The defendant was sentenced to 5 years hard labor, 3 years suspended, and placed on 5 years supervised probation. The defendant was ordered to pay fines and costs.
Jonathan Monroe – Pled guilty to two counts of Misdemeanor Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile, and sentenced to 6 months hard labor to run consecutive on each count, suspended, and placed on 1 year supervised probation. The defendant was ordered to pay fines and costs.
Patrick Thomas – Pled guilty to Misdemeanor Theft and sentenced to 6 months in Parish jail with credit for time served and ordered to pay fines and costs.