Plaquemine police chief pleas and resigns immediately

After an investigation that has spanned several months, Kenny Payne has resigned as the Plaquemine police chief effective immediately after accepting a plea deal.

“This case just shows the citizens of our state that justice was served. No one is above the law or below the law. You can be the chief of police and break the law, but the rules still apply to you. To our taxpayers, rest assured, we are doing our job.,” Iberville Parish District Attorney Tony Clayton.

A grand jury returned true bills on five counts of malfeasance in office on Nov. 21, 2022. That means they found enough evidence to move forward with a trial. On Nov. 25th, Payne turned himself into the Iberville Parish prison and bonded on on $25,000.

Today, he pleaded “no contest” to counts two and four, both malfeasance in office and both are felonies.

Count two was for allegedly asking for an immoral sexual act.

Count four was for allegedly asking the Iberville Parish Sheriff to dismiss his case in lieu of him dismissing a young woman’s case.

He cannot run for re-election and will have to serve a one year probation.

Unfiltered with Kiran has reached out to Payne but he has not responded.

An interim police chief will now be named in Plaquemine until an election to replace Payne. He was elected police chief in 2016.

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