Jamie Croom was under probation and being monitored by the Feds. At least, that is what was supposed to be happening. Now, three people are dead including U.S. Marshal Josie Wells. This has the people of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, asking one very simple question. Why?
In 2006, Croom had a federal gun conviction. According to documents obtained by WBRZ, the terms of Croom’s sentence were five years in a federal penitentiary followed by five years of “supervised” probation. Despite the sentence, Croom still managed to get in trouble with the law.
Jamie Croom was convicted in 2014 of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was in prison from March until December of 2014. Under the terms of his release from the 2006 conviction, it clearly stated that the “defendant shall not commit another federal, state or local crime.” U.S. Attorney Walt Green said that the feds did not file the paperwork to have Croom’s probation revoked until May. By then, three people were slain at the hands of Jamie Croon.
On February 20, Croom shot Lechelle and Sinica Williams in cold blood outside of a nightclub in Pointe Coupee Parish. Witnesses stated the man didn’t even know the victims. After an altercation inside the club between Lechelle Williams and another unnamed woman, the scuffle spilled out into the streets. It is there that Croom shot both Lechelle and her brother, Sinica, several times. LeShell Lewis, the victim’s friend, told her story to the Advocate.
“I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to think. It was horrible. I couldn’t do nothing but scream. I basically knew her all my life. They were very nice people. They were friends with everybody.”
From there, Croom was on the run. Federal authorities caught up with the convict on March 10 in Mississippi. Drew Wade, spokesman for USMS Office of Public Affairs, told reporters that when the U.S. Marshal Josie Wells and his team engaged the suspect, Wells was shot by Croom. He died later at an area hospital. The gun he was shot with was the same one used in the slayings of the Williams siblings according to Pointe Couppe Parish Sheriff Bud Torres.
“He had a.45 semi-automatic pistol which has gone to State Police Crime Lab and has been proven as the murder weapon he had at the Sugar Shack.”
Croom was also wounded in the shootout. He too died at the hospital, but the damage could have all been avoided had the feds done their job.
If the proper paperwork would have been filed U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, whose wife is expecting a baby boy, the Williams siblings, and even Croom himself would be alive today.
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