Broderick “Chris” Landry has resigned his position on the Town of White Castle’s Town Council after a Baton Rouge television station investigation uncovered information indicating he was not allowed by law to serve in public office.
Landry pleaded guilty in April to a charge of trafficking pre-retail drugs following a raid on a pharmacy in Grosse Tete.
His conviction was made in a federal court and was followed by the indictment of the now resigned councilman and four other people.
Louisiana state statutes prohibit an elected official to continue serving, but Landry did not step down until he was faced with the results of a WBRZ investigation.
The state law requires elected officials who have been convicted of a felony to be suspended and their pay – from taxpayer dollars – should be discontinued.
Landry chose instead to continue to hold his seat on the council and continue to collect his $800 monthly in spite of the conviction for the felony.
WBRZ contacted town attorney Valencia Landry and reported she told its reporters the conviction was not yet final until the sentencing phase.
The station also reported two attorney general opinions – one from 1992 and the other from 2013 – that said a guilty plea has the same legal effect as a conviction and the official should be immediately suspended without pay.
Court records indicate Landry is set to be sentenced some time this month and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fi