District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that on November 17, 2021 a St. Tammany Parish jury, found Christopher “Winky” Bell, Jr., age 35 and of Slidell, guilty of two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and two counts of Obstruction of Justice.
On May 26, 2019, the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call from the Alton area where family members of a homicide victim were gathered for a memorial. The crowd became alarmed and began running when they noticed an armed Bell circling the area. After obtaining a description of the vehicle Bell was in, officers descended on the area. After a brief pursuit officers located Bell and the two firearms he attempted to hide under a residence.
A twelve-person jury deliberated for about an hour before handing down the guilty verdict. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and Tiffany Dover.
The charge of felon in possession of a firearm carries a penalty of five to twenty years and obstruction of justice carries a penalty up to twenty years. The sentence range(s) could be affected by his status as a multiple offender when he is sentenced by District Judge Vincent Lobello on January 20, 2022.
Bell has previously been convicted for three counts of aggravated battery in 2005, illegal possession of stolen property in 2012, again for illegal possession of stolen property in 2013, possession of cocaine in 2013, aggravated battery, aggravated criminal damage to property, and hit and run driving involving serious bodily injury in 2014.
Bell is also awaiting trial on charge(s) of second-degree battery from May 2019, battery from June 2019, battery from February 2020, obscenity from August 2020 and battery from December 2020.
The District Attorney’s Office commends the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Deputies for their hard work and dedication to the safety of our community.