Suspected gang members plead no contest, sentenced to 13 years

Two suspected gang members in Hammond were each sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading no contest, according to 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.

Demario M. “Juke” Williams Jr., 23, pleaded no contest to nine charges, including obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence and introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail.

For the obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence charge, he was sentenced to serve 13 years, and for each additional felony charge, he is to serve 10 years concurrent with the first sentence.

Williams was first arrested in July of 2021 when a Hammond Police Officer investigated a complaint of a driver being asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Officials say the officer located Williams asleep at a traffic light. He woke Williams up and as he rolled down the window the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana.

The officer instructed Williams to exit the vehicle, and he conducted an officer safety pat down where he discovered suspect marijuana, 80 doses of suspect Xanax, suspect powder ecstasy, and more than $1,000.

In February of the following year, Williams was arrested by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office about a shooting at a Hammond gas station that involved rival gang members. Suspects in two vehicles exchanged gunfire and struck a victim in the ankle through their vehicle as they drove past the gas station.

Evidence revealed a vehicle Williams was borrowing was involved in the shooting. When police located the vehicle and went to question him, he concealed the bullet holes in the vehicle with duct tape and a tarp.


  • Introducing or Possessing Contraband in any Municipal or Parish Prison or Jail
  •  Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substancealprazolam
  •  Distribution or Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance- less than 28 grams- clonazolam
  •  Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance
  •  Resisting an Officer by Flight, Resisting an Officer by Providing False Information
  •  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- first offense
  •  Possession of 14 grams or less of Marijuana or THC.

Marques Harrison Jr.

Marques Lloyd Harrison Jr., 24, pleaded no contest to twelve charges, including attempted conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.

Harrison was arrested on Oct. 16, 2020, for attempted conspiracy to commit second-degree murder by the Hammond Police Department. The victim and a friend were sitting in the driveway of the friend’s residence to give the victim haircut when Harrison appeared saying, “What are you looking at?”.

Officials say, Harrison, who the witness referred to as “Lil Pines,” then exchanged words with the victim before getting a gun from his vehicle. He shot under the carport and then shot the victim in the leg demanding they empty their pockets.

The friend explained Harrison left the property, got in his red Camaro, and drove away.

Later that day, Harrison messaged another occupant of the residence saying, “I’m sorry, I wouldn’t have done it if I knew your kids were home.”

Officers located the red Camaro near N. Morrison Blvd. driving at a high speed and running a traffic light. They stopped the vehicle, identified the driver to be Harrison, and arrested him.

With a search warrant, officers searched the vehicle and found a small bag of suspect marijuana, a digital scale, cell phones, and a red bandana- which they believe to be the color of the “Dat Klan” gang where Harrison is suspected to be a member.

While at the Hammond Police Department, multiple narcotics and blood were discovered on Harrison. He was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance- less than two grams and possession of a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance.

He was arrested for nine additional charges related to this sentencing throughout 2020 and 2021.

Harrison charges

  • introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail
  •  conspiracy to commit second-degree battery
  •  conspiracy to commit armed robbery
  •  battery of a dating partner
  •  two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance- less than two grams
  •  possession of a schedule III controlled dangerous substance
  •  theft under $1000
  •  possession of 14grams or more of marijuana or THC
  •  violation of a protective order.

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