Career Criminal Sentenced to Life as Habitual Offender
Sheriff Craig Webre commended the justice system for taking steps on Thursday to permanently remove a career criminal from the streets of Lafourche Parish. “Jessie Bell, Jr. has spent much of his last half century of life peddling death with drugs,” said Webre. “Today, Judge Walter Lanier, III took action to make sure that he will not be allowed to continue that activity for the rest of his natural life,” Webre added.
On July 18, 2006 the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force arrested Bell (B/M, DOB 12-25-1960, 1745 Madison Drive, Baton Rouge) charging him with distribution of crack cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. Approximately $3,200 worth of the drug and $1,100 in cash was recovered during the undercover operation that led to the arrest. Bell was tried before Judge Lanier and found guilty of the charges.
Bell’s criminal history includes 27 arrests (primarily drug related) and 36 prison stays. The Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to have Bell deemed a habitual offender and Judge Lanier agreed in October of 2010. Bell was in Judge Lanier’s courtroom today where he was sentenced as a habitual offender and ordered to serve life in prison without benefit of parole. Bell is believed to be the first drug offender to receive a life sentence as a habitual offender in Lafourche Parish.
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