- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

GRETNA, La. (AP) - A River Ridge man who tried to carjack an undercover Jefferson Parish detective has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1O7fQW1) 33-year-old Jonas Kelly was sentenced Thursday after entering an Alford plea to attempted carjacking and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant doesn’t admit guilty but acknowledges that there’s enough evidence for a conviction.

Authorities said they arrested Kelly in July 2014 after he attempted to carjack Detective Patrick Evans and was found with 11 crack cocaine rocks tucked between his buttocks.

Kelly, who had a previous conviction for burglary in 2006, entered his pleas as a double offender. A judge ran Kelly’s sentences for both charges concurrently for a total of 15 years.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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