Plaquemine resident Joseph Distefano, Jr. filed suit in state district court in Baton Rouge Wednesday (March 25) against Paragon Casino Resort owners for failure to provide security in a parking garage where his wife, Janaver “Janie” Distefano was kidnapped and murdered.


Plaquemine resident Joseph Distefano, Jr. filed suit in state district court in Baton Rouge Wednesday (March 25) against Paragon Casino Resort owners for failure to provide security in a parking garage where his wife, Janaver “Janie” Distefano was kidnapped and murdered.

Distefano filed suit against Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana, owners of the Paragon Casinon Resort in Marksville, La. two days shy of one year after his wife was kidnapped in the facility’s garage. Distefano also filed suit against Donald Ray Johnson, Jr. who pleaded guilty to abduction and murder of Janie Distefano and received a life sentence.

Undecided on the day the suit was filed is if the lawsuit will be tried in state/federal court or under the tribal court system.

The casino did not have video surveillance equipment in the parking garage, but Johnson was observed near a camera located by the casino’s elevator banks.

Distefano’s lawsuit contends he is entitled to seek recourse against the tribe in state or federal court as well as against Johnson.