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TWO UNION PARISH TRIALS, GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES

August 14, 2019

The Banner News by Danielle Harkins

SIBLING ARGUMENT ENDS WITH CHARGES OF 2ND DEGREE MURDER

During the month of June 2017 an argument between a brother and sister reslted in the a brother being charged with attempted second degree murder.  

Bobby R. Sawyer was booked into the Union Parish Detention Centerthe evening of the event.  His sister told the officers that evening that her brother approached her and pulled out a rifle, aimed and shot.  She was able to duck and run towards her home.  She described the gun as being wrapped in some type of wrapping. 

A neighbor told deputies that he sis not witness the shooting, but he did hear the suspect shouting and then heard a gunshot.  He also told the Deputies that he knew the suspect owned a British .303 caliber military rifle.  

Sawyer was tested for gunshot residue and the results were positive. 

Thursday, August 1, 2109, during the State of Louisiana vs. Bobby Ray Sawyer he was found guilty on the following charges: Attempted Second Degree Murder and is being held without bond until sentencing September 4th. 

CAR DEALERSHIP EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF THEFT

During April 2018, a Premier Auto Plex of Farmerville employee was accused of stealing down payments for vehicles.  Phillip D. Jarratt, business manager of the auto lot, was arrested and accused of stealing nearly $32,000.00 in down payments. 

An audit was done to determine the full extent of their losses. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, Jarratt was tried on his charges.  There were 11 charges, he was found guilty on 10 of those charges. 

Charges are as follows: Guilty as charged on theft of property having a value of $25,000.00 or more.  He is being held on $50,000.00 bond until his sentencing on September 4th. 

Judge Bruce Hampton presided over both trials.   

Lincoln Parish Office

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100 West Texas Ave. 2nd Floor Ruston, LA 71270 Phone: (318) 513-6350 Fax: (318) 251-5103

Union Parish Office

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100 East Bayou Street Farmerville, LA 71241 Phone: (318) 368-2201 Fax: (318) 368-3717