Jury Convicts Ville Platte Man Of Robbing St. Landry Parish Truck Stop Casino
LAFAYETTE, La. - After a three-day trial, a federal jury found a Ville Platte man guilty of taking part in an armed robbery in which more than $11,000 was taken from a truck stop store and casino in St. Landry Parish, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced.
The trial started on Monday and ended Wednesday for Arinskie Tryvon Orlandeze Jones, 24, of Ville Platte, La. United States District Judge Richard T. Haik presided over the trial. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before finding Jones guilty of one count of interference with commerce by robbery. Jones faces up to 20 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
Jones, and two other Ville Platte men, Ronald James Doomes, 26, and Steven Dudley Nelson, 25, were indicted on October 24, 2012, on charges that they took part in an armed robbery on April 8, 2011, at the Tiger Trax Truckstop #7 and Video Joker II Casino located in St. Landry Parish.
Previously, Doomes was found guilty of one count of armed robbery and one count of use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence after a federal trial ending on August 1, 2014. Doomes' sentencing date is November 15, 2014. Nelson pleaded guilty to those same charges on October 28, 2013. His sentencing is set for September 19, 2014. Doomes and Nelson face prison terms of seven years to life. All three defendants also face up to $250,000 in fines.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a Department of Justice initiative designed to reduce firearm crimes by removing dangerous and persistent felons from the community and promote firearm safety. The PSN attorneys prosecute a variety of federal firearms violations listed in Titles 18 and 26 of the U.S. Code, including illegal possession of firearms and commission of crimes with firearms.
The FBI, ATF and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph T. Mickel and David C. Joseph prosecuted the case.