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Fmr. EBR Clerk of Court employee sentenced to 15 years for stealing cocaine from evidence vault

William Colvin (Source: EBRSO) William Colvin (Source: EBRSO)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A former employee of the 19th Judicial District Court who admitted to stealing 48 pounds of cocaine and five firearms from an evidence locker in 2012, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.

William Bates Colvin, 33, the son of former Baton Rouge state District Judge Kay Bates, pleaded guilty to malfeasance in office, possession of cocaine and obstruction of justice in August.

Colvin was working in the criminal records division of the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court's Office when the theft occurred. His former girlfriend, Debra Vicknair Bell, pleaded guilty and was put on probation for seven years after receiving a suspended five year prison term. Bell was also an employee of the Clerk of Courts Office at the time the cocaine went missing.

Documents say Colvin took the cocaine to the home he shared with Bell.

Baton Rouge Police investigators said Colvin and Bell recruited people including Bell's son Colt, Joseph Deroy, and Terrance Ramirez to distribute some of the stolen cocaine.

Bell led authorities to where some of the guns were thrown into the canal, according to the prosecutor.

Terrance Ramirez, Deroy Joseph and Colt Bell all originally pleaded not guilty to their charges.

Colt Bell changed his plea to guilty for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was sentenced in Feb. 2015 to 12 years with the first two years without the benefit of parole. His charge for extortion was dismissed and amended to conspiracy to commit extortion. He was sentenced to seven and a half years to run concurrent with his 12 year sentence.

Terrance Ramirez changed his plea to guilty for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was sentenced in Feb. 2015 to nine years with the first two years without the benefit of parole. His charge for extortion was dismissed and amended to conspiracy to commit extortion. He was sentenced to seven and a half years to run concurrent with his nine year sentence.

Colvin was indicted on drug, malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice charges in July 2013. He entered a not guilty plea in October 2013. 

The prosecutor gave Colvin the offer to plead guilty to malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice and cocaine possession in exchange for other obstruction and drug counts being dismissed. 

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