Mt. Hermon shooters sentenced

Published 2:47 pm Friday, November 30, 2018

Three Washington Parish men — who each pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to shooting homes and businesses in the Mt. Hermon area in April of 2017 — received their sentences Monday from 22nd Judicial District Court Judge Alan Zaunbrecher.

Bailey Joseph Koon, 19, Dakota Gage Tetreau, 21, and Desmond Harold Warren, 19, each received 10 years of prison time, with five years suspended and credit for time already served in the Washington Parish Jail.

Each defendant will also serve a three-year period of probation after completing their respective prison sentences. The three men were transferred Monday to a Department of Corrections facility.

In addition to the sentence, each defendant was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,491.04, as well as a fine in the amount of $1,000 plus court costs. Tetreau was ordered to pay a one-time fee of $200 to the public defender.

“The sentencing should bring some closure to the Mt. Hermon community, and particularly the families that were directly affected by the actions of these three young men,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Their behavior, fueled by very poor choices, will have a lasting impact on their lives as well as the lives of all who were traumatized by the shootings.

“I am pleased that our officers were able to solve this difficult case.”

Koon, Tetreau, and Warren were involved in a shooting spree that occured on April 11, 2017, between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., when residents in a rural Mt. Hermon community were awakened by gunfire. At least 13 homes and outbuildings were damaged, as well as nine vehicles and mailboxes. In some instances, the bullets struck inches of where someone was sleeping.

After a five-month investigation by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, the men were arrested in September of 2017.