Edgard man pleads guilty following social media threats to police officers

Published 12:06 am Saturday, January 7, 2017

EDGARD — A local man avoided extended jail time but does face probation and community service following a string of social media posts in 2016 that threatened public officials.

According to the St. John the Baptist Parish’s Clerk of Court’s Office, Victor Pablo, of Edgard, pleaded guilty to threatening a public officer Dec. 12 in St. John Parish.

Pablo was sentenced to six months suspended in parish jail and placed on six months of inactive probation.

Victor Pablo

Victor Pablo

Pablo is also ordered to pay a $200 fine, $169.50 in court costs and $250 for a public defender’s fee.

District Attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut said evidence presented to her office matched the criteria for the misdemeanor threatening charge and did not meet the felony requirements for Pablo’s original felony arrest charges.

The St. John sentence was ordered to run concurrent with Pablo’s St. Charles Parish guilty plea.

According to the St. Charles Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, Pablo pleaded guilty to three counts of threatening a public official Sept. 20 and was sentenced to two years of misdemeanor probation supervised by the St. Charles District Attorney’s Office, a $200 fine and 40 hours of community service. He was also ordered not to possess a firearm.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office announced in July investigators received information Pablo posted, “In uh lil while cops in St. Charles are goin to be next. I hope they kill every last 1 of them dirty bitchez.”

A search warrant was executed at Pablo’s home, Captain Patrick Yoes said, adding multiple weapons were recovered. At the time, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said deputies uncovered a pattern of behavior from Pablo, indicating a series of online postings that mirrored threats made to other officers.

Champagne said he contacted St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre about Facebook threats Pablo made July 7.

According to Champagne, deputies in St. John, St. Charles and St. James parishes were all singled out with statements such as “shooting every cop on sight.”

“I’m looking back at stuff we uncovered from July 7,” Champagne said. “There was a direct threat on July 7 to Sheriff Tregre. Statements such as ‘F— the cops, we need to kill them all.’ Basically, then he says, ‘F— St. John, St. Charles and St. James. All them bitches the same. Shoot every cop on sight.’

“The sad part is he got 16 likes.”

Champagne said Pablo posted online under the moniker, “Vic Life of Crime Pablo.”

Tregre told L’OBSERVATEUR this week he felt “justice was served” following Pablo’s guilty pleas.

However, he said, the negative relationship perpetuated by people like Pablo and acted upon during the shooting of Baton Rouge police officers last year has forced all police officers to stay “on alert everyday with your head on a swivel.”

According to Tregre, he has gone a month without anyone applying to work street patrol, a first in his five years as sheriff. Tregre said he plans to begin a marketing plan this month to push recruiting efforts.