District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that on Tuesday (August 9, 2022), Justin Emerson Martindale, age 40 and of Slidell, pled guilty just prior to the scheduled start of his trial and was sentenced by District Judge Ellen Creel to 15 years for each of two vehicular homicides to run consecutively, and 5 years at hard labor for each of the two first-degree negligent injuries, to be run concurrent with the first two charges, for a total of 30 years in prison. The sentences will be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
On Tuesday, February 18th, 2020, Louisiana State Police responded to a 3-vehicle crash with injuries, on US 190 in Slidell. Apparently, the incident began when Martindale's vehicle struck the rear bumper of a second vehicle, which had stopped due to traffic congestion. Martindale's vehicle then continued across the double yellow lines and struck a third vehicle head-on. A front seat passenger and a rear seat passenger of the third vehicle succumbed to their injuries. Two other victims of the crashes required surgery.
The surviving victims and some of the deceased victims’ families were present in court for the plea and supported the terms of the plea.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia.