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October 24, 2023

Pearl River Man Sentenced to Life Plus 218 Years

On Monday (October 23, 2023), District Judge Vincent Lobello sentenced Doyle Eugene Glaze, Jr., age 46 and of Pearl River, Louisiana to life without parole on his conviction for first degree rape and 218 years on his three convictions for aggravated crime against nature. Judge Lobello ordered the 218 years be served consecutively to the life sentence. On July 17, 2023, a 12-person jury had found Doyle Eugene Glaze, Jr. guilty on all his charges.

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At the sentencing, victim impact statements of the three victims and three family members were read aloud in the courtroom prior to the imposition of sentencing. District Judge Vincent Lobello commended the victims for their bravery and then handed down his sentences.

There were three minor victims involved in the case. The sexual abuse occurred on multiple occasions between 2015 and 2019. In October of 2020, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation regarding juvenile sexual abuse after sexual images were discovered on the then eight-year-old victim’s phone. Upon being questioned, the three victims disclosed the sexual abuse the defendant had inflicted on them

At trial, all three victims testified that they were afraid to disclose the abuse to anyone because of their abuser’s harsh treatment. One of the victims testified that he might “beat me if I told.” Another victim testified that he said “come here or I’ll shoot you.” Punishments ranged from hitting with a belt to kneeling on rice for hours to being locked in a hot room in a trailer. Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services had been called to the home on two occasions.

In closing argument to the jury, Assistant District Attorney Doug Freese said, “The Defendant is not just a rapist, but a thief. He’s stolen their innocence, peace of mind, hope and worth. There is one thing you can do to restore them, and that is a just verdict. Tell these victims they are worthy.”

The defense told the jury that the children were coached for custody purposes. Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Dover clarified for the jury: “This case isn’t about custody because no one was seeking the kids.” She concluded by saying, “These victims need you twelve to believe them, make them safe so they know that nothing else will happen to them.”

Assistant District Attorneys Tiffany Dover and Doug Freese prosecuted the case. Detective Sarah Ryals of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Dr. Anne Troy of the Audrey Hepburn Care Center was the State’s expert witness in the field of Forensic Child Sexual Abuse.

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