11:30 LRN Newscast

The U-S Department of Justice says the Louisiana Department of Corrections is violating inmates constitutional rights by routinely holding them past their release dates. The report highlighted a four-month period last year where 27-percent of the people released from state custody were held past their release dates. Defense attorney Lindsey Blouin says this practice costs Louisiana millions of dollars…
cut 11 (09) “….thousands of people”
Defense attorney Lindsey Blouin says the department of corrections needs more money to update their computer system.

Many elected officials from Louisiana are in the nation’s capital for Washington Mardi Gras, but House Speaker Clay Schexnayder says it’s not all fun and games. Schexnayder says there are economic development meetings with the goal of bringing more manufacturing jobs to the state
Cut 9 (08) “…get it done”
21-year-old Chance Seneca of Lafayette has been sentenced to 45 years in a federal prison for attempting to dismember a gay man that he met on the dating app Grindr. US Attorney Brandon Brown says Seneca became fixated with the idea of killing gay men and he was fascinated with notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer…
cut 7 (07) “…quite some time”
The victim survived the attack, but has physical, emotional and psychological scars.

19-year-old Blayne Terrebonne of Larose has been charged with second-degree murder for selling a pill containing fentanyl that led to a 15-year-old female’s overdose death last October. Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Brennan Matherne says the victim thought she was taking Percocet, but the toxicology report said otherwise.
Cut 3 (12) “…second-degree murder.”
Bail for Terrebonne has been set at 500-thousand dollars.