Weapon use, contraband sentences handed out after LaPlace shootout

Published 12:14 am Wednesday, July 11, 2018

LAPLACE — A local man authorities said was involved in a LaPlace neighborhood shootout recently pleaded guilty to weapons and contraband possession.

Police arrested Lyndell Michael Joseph following an Aug. 20 shootout when several witnesses reported seeing two unknown men shooting at each other in front of homes along Spruce Street and Redwood Drive.

Home surveillance review showed Joseph, according to the St. John Sheriff’s Office, shooting multiple times before running towards a Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Joseph was seen entering the vehicle and fleeing west on Capt. G. Bourgeois Street, police said.

Deputies found the abandoned Trailblazer in front of a mobile home on Rosemary Court and were unable to locate a suspect after canvassing the area.

The St. John Crisis Management Unit arrested Joseph without incident 22 days later at his home.

According to the St. John the Baptist Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, Joseph pleaded guilty under Alford plea May 29 to illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities, attempted possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possessing contraband in prison.

District Attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut said Joseph, 24, was sentenced to two years, five years and two years, respectively, on those charges, with each sentence to run concurrently.

Joseph was given credit for his time served since 2017 and ordered to pay $1,380 in fees and fines.

Dinvaut described the judgments as maximum jail sentences, adding the contraband dealt with a cell phone discovered in jail.