Man pleads guilty in Jefferson Parish auto theft ring case

Man pleads guilty in Jefferson Parish auto theft ring case

(WVUE) - Ronnel A. Kyles, 29, pleaded guilty Monday to racketeering, theft, and conspiracy to commit theft in an auto theft racketeering case in Jefferson Parish.

Judge Adrian Adams of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Kyles to 10 years for each of the three counts and ran them concurrently, for a total of 10 years. Kyles is also a second offender, having a previous auto theft conviction in Jefferson Parish. Judge Adams sentenced Kyles to another 10 years for violating his probation, which will also run concurrently.

The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office says Kyles is one of four men who have pleaded guilty as part of an auto theft ring. They say there are 10 more men wanted for their involvement in the ring.

"Kyles' role included designating vehicles to be stolen, transporting other enterprise members to steal them and stealing the vehicles," according to a news release from the District Attorney's office. "He specifically pleaded guilty to being one of three members who stolen a 2006 Ford F250 pickup between April 16, 2015 and April 17, 2015. The charge was theft involving a vehicle valued at between $5,000 and $25,000."

The three other men who have pleaded guilty in the case are Jason Mercadel, 38, of New Orleans (sentenced to 15 years in prison); Jimmie "Black" James, 28, of New Orleans (scheduled to be sentenced in September); and Brandon Lane, 29, of Marrero (sentenced to 10 years in prison).

A May 5 indictment estimated the group is responsible 32 percent of the vehicle thefts in Jefferson Parish in 2014 and 2015, for a $2.5 million economic loss.

The others indicted are Parrish Norris, 41; Oliver D. Green, 46; Patrick N. Robinson III, 28; Patrick N. Robinson Jr. 49; Cardell E. Torrence, 39; Kevin A. Martin, 29; Brandon P. Evans, 30; Keith A. Nero, 29; Shon R. Claiborne, 27; and Ronald J. Johnson, 29.

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