Jason Jarrell Spikes (31), an inmate in the Washington Parish jail, was sentenced Friday (January 13) to five years in prison for possessing a homemade knife that was found in his bunk. Security officers had testified that on February 27, 2016, they noticed Spikes appeared to be either sick or impaired in his cell. When officers went to check on Spikes further, they searched his cell and found a “shank,” apparently made from a broken microwave plate, under the edge of his mattress.
Spikes was convicted previously of three drug felonies, and he has a pending attempted murder charge, as well as other charges that stem from his incarceration in the parish jail. A hearing before District Judge William J. “Rusty” Knight on February 17 will determine whether Spikes will be sentenced as a multiple offender. If so, he faces from 20 years to life in prison.