Penton grew up off William Peters Road in an area of Bogalusa known as Richardsontown, graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1990, graduated from Louisiana State University in 1994, and graduated the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson in 1997. Penton worked in private practice for two years, worked for stints at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and the Public Defender’s Office, and was hired as an Assistant District Attorney in 2003 in the Washington Parish Office.
Penton replaces his mentor, the late Lewis Murray, III, who died suddenly in April. “He trained me to be an A.D.A.,” Penton said of Murray. “I watched him manage this office all these years. I still can’t bring myself to park in his spot.”