17 February 2020 :
A jury in St. John Parish sentenced Kyle Joekel to death for the Aug. 16, 2012 murders of deputies Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche. Prosecutors said Joekel, 35, White, was a member of the “sovereign citizens” movement, an anti-government group that ambushed the deputies in a trailer park. Jurors were selected from Rapides Parish because the publicity in St. John Parish about the highly emotional case made it impossible to select a jury from the parish. The judge will pass the final sentence at a later date.