BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man convicted of being an accessory to the robbery and murders of three people in 2012 has been denied early parole.
Devon James was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of three counts of accessory after the fact to first degree murder, compounding a felony and obstruction of justice.
James was connected to the robbery and murders of Irwin Marchand, his wife Shirley Marchand and their son Doug Dooley at their home on Babin Road in Ascension Parish.
According to investigators, although James may not have been physically involved in the murders or had any prior knowledge of the crime, he allowed the defendants to use his vehicle for the crime and later cleaned it of any potential evidence. They say he also allowed them to use his apartment to break into the safe stolen from the home and profited from the crimes.
After hearing testimonies from James' family and the family of the victims, the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole unanimously voted to deny James' release.