During the December 2, 2013, trial week in 22nd Judicial Court, Bogalusa resident Lance Woodward, 44, plead guilty to several charges involving theft and misappropriation of school buses. He received a total sentence of eighteen years incarceration at hard labor after pleading guilty to six forgeries, illegal possession of stolen items valued over $1,500, two thefts over $1,500, and two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The investigation into Woodward’s crime spree was conducted by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Tommie Sorrell who was carried throughout the state in the course of the investigation. All information gathered from the investigation was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office which successfully prosecuted the case.
The court ordered Woodward to report December 16 to begin serving his eighteen year sentence.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “It is always good to successfully close a case and bring another criminal to justice. Woodward is a career criminal who has been in the penitentiary previously. It is ironic that this scam, which involved more than one school bus, will end with a bus ride to the penitentiary. I congratulate Capt. Sorrell and her staff for a job well done.”