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May 22, 2019

Slidell Man Gets 38 Years For Robbing Two Elderly Men

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Jonathan J. Gabriel (42) of Slidell pleaded
guilty Tuesday (May 21, 2019) to two counts of armed robbery with a firearm and theft of a motor vehicle for robbing two elderly men last December. District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Gabriel to 38 years without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on each armed robbery charge and five years for the vehicle theft. All sentences are to be served at the same time.

The first robbery occurred on December 13, 2018, when Gabriel, wearing a mask, entered the trailer of a 75-year-old man in Lacombe, pointed a gun at him, and demanded money and guns. Gabriel pushed the victim into his bedroom and took cash, pills, and a 22-caliber revolver.

A couple of hours later, Gabriel knocked on the apartment door of a 92-year-old man, a World War II veteran, in Slidell. Gabriel pushed the gun into the victim’s stomach and escorted him through the apartment in search of valuables. Gabriel took prescription pills, cash, a watch, cell phone, and the victim’s vehicle before fleeing
An investigation by the Slidell Police Department identified Gabriel as a suspect and, when they searched Gabriel’s residence, officers found items belonging to both victims. Gabriel ultimately gave a statement, admitting to the robberies, claiming he was under the influence of drugs.

Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair, who prosecuted the case, had selected a jury for Gabriel’s trial, which was set to begin Tuesday, when Gabriel pleaded guilty. The 75-year-old victim passed away prior to trial, but the 92-year-old veteran was present for the guilty plea and was happy with the outcome.

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