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Former state Sen. Derrick Shepherd jailed after his bond is revoked

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 in Legislation, Local Issues

By Laura Maggi, The Times-Picayune January 15, 2010, 4:00PM 11wbshepherd4Susan Poag / The Times-PicayuneAs his attorney John Reed, his mother Margie H. Richardson and father Eddie Shepherd stand by his side,State Sen. Derrick Shepherd,second from right, apologizes to his family and constituents after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering at the federal courthouse on October 10, 2008. His bond was revoked Friday and he was jailed after being arrested on outstanding warrants. A federal judge ordered former state Sen. Derrick Shepherd to jail on Friday, where he will remain until his February sentencing on corruption charges. The decision by U.S. Judge Carl Barbier included revoking Shepherd's bond, which had allowed him to remain free on bond after he pleaded guilty in a federal money laundering conspiracy. Jim Letten.JPGThe Times-PicayuneJim Letten The judge's actions come on the heels of Shepherd's arrest earlier this week on outstanding warrants, including one in New Orleans for domestic violence. According to New Orleans Municipal Court documents, Shepherd last February hit a woman and bit her. He is scheduled to stand trial in that case next week. "One of the warrants is from last February and arose from a disagreement with a woman friend, " Shepherd's lawyer, John Reed, is reported as telling the Associated Press earlier this week. Shepherd was arrested in Jefferson Parish in 2008 after he broke into his ex-girlfriend Thaise Ashford's home, punched her in the stomach and took her cell phone and $100. Those are seperate charges and are pending, according to court records. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said that until Shepherd's arrest, federal prosecutors did not know he had any outstanding warrants. "When we found this out, we brought this to the attention of the court," Letten said. A minute entry filed in the federal court record shows that a federal prosecutor filed two documents under seal before the judge ordered Shepherd to be remanded into custody.

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