LaSalle Woman Convicted on Three Drug Distribution Charges
A 38-year-old LaSalle Parish woman was convicted in 28th Judicial Court on July 29, 2015, on three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, according to LaSalle District Attorney J. Reed Walters. Kristi L. Lambeth, 38, was found guilty by a 12-member jury following a trial, which spread over two days.
A jury was selected on Monday, July 27, 2015, with testimony in the trial beginning Tuesday morning. The state and defense rested late that afternoon and the jury deliberated about an hour before returning guilty verdicts on all three charges.
Assistant District Attorney Steven P. Kendrick, who was involved in the jury selection, presenting the evidence and arguing for the State; presented the case for the State to the jury, Walters said.
Judge J. Christopher Peters presided over the trial and following the verdict, ordered Lambeth to return on September 1, 2015, for sentencing. She faces up to a maximum of 30 years at hard labor on each count and a fine of up to $50,000 on each count. Judge Peters set a pre-sentence bond on Lambeth at $900,000. As of press time on Monday, August 3, 2015, she was being held at the Caldwell Correctional Center.
Lambeth was arrested on May 15, 2014 at her home on Rawlin Road in the Magnolia Community by detectives with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office. D.A. Walters and Assistant D.A. Kendrick expressed their thanks to Sheriff Scott Franklin and his narcotics team for continuing their efforts to combat the sale of illegal narcotics in the parish.