LaPlace shooter given 10 years for firing weapon

Published 12:03 am Friday, September 14, 2018

CONVENT — A local resident was sentenced to ten years in jail for a shooting last year, prosecutors said.

Dona Curley, 20, of LaPlace pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Judge Jessie LeBlanc’s St. James Parish court.

Tyler Cavalier, public information officer for the D.A.’s office, said the guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a disturbance in a Lutcher neighborhood. On Sept. 7, 2017, deputies with the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to South Exchange Alley in Lutcher, learning someone fired a handgun during the disturbance.

The gunman had already fled prior to the arrival of deputies. Shortly after, deputies observed the vehicle in which the subject had fled in and initiated a traffic stop.

Further investigation revealed a passenger, Curley, was the individual with the gun. Curley, who has a prior felony conviction in St. John the Baptist Parish for illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities, was taken to the St. James Parish Jail.

Upon entering a guilty plea Monday, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Curley was sentenced to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.