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Former St. John Parish ADA sentenced to jail for unpaid restitution

EDGARD — Former St. John the Baptist Parish assistant district attorney Kerry D. Brown is facing five years in prison after his probation was revoked Monday in Edgard, according to the St. John Clerk of Court’s Office.

Kerry D. Brown

Brown, 47, failed to make meaningful restitution payments to an elderly client after pleading guilty in 2013 to theft of assets of an aged person, monetary instrument and forgery.

The restitution, set at $58,041.09 in October 2013, had a remaining balance of $48,903.09 as of Wednesday.

Judge Michael Kirby sentenced Brown to five years in prison for each of the three counts, to be served concurrently with the Louisiana Department of Corrections beginning on Jan. 2.

Monday’s proceedings revoked Brown’s original suspended jail sentence, which stood at five years per count and included two years of active supervised probation and three years of inactive probation.

Brandie Williams, criminal minute clerk for the 40th Judicial District Court Division B, said, “If the defendant pays the restitution in full, the court will reconsider.”

The charges stem from a 2010 automotive accident case. At the time, Brown served as assistant district attorney in St. John Parish and operated a private personal injury legal practice, Kerry D. Brown LLC, on Belle Terre Boulevard in LaPlace.

Brown’s client never received money meant to go toward medical expenses in his accident settlement.

Investigation began in 2011, and by the end of the year, Brown was suspended indefinitely from practicing law in Louisiana and all other jurisdictions. He left the District Attorney’s Office in November 2011 and was arrested in 2012.

In 2013, Brown admitted to forging his client’s signature, depositing the $58,041.09 into his law firm’s trust account and using it to write checks to his personal bank account.

Brown also served as legal advisor to the St. John Parish Council.

He collected 44 percent of voter turnout in a 2008 election for district attorney but lost the race to Tom Daley.