First Two Guilty Pleas in Shreveport Fire Bullying Scandal

Two of the seven Shreveport, Louisiana firefighters facing criminal charges over the bullying of two mentally disabled men, have reach a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Jason Vaughan and Clint Richardson have agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor prostitution offenses and in exchange will be granted immunity provided they testify truthfully in the upcoming cases involving the Fire Station 8 scandal.

WNCN quoted Caddo Assistant District Attorney Dale Cox as saying

  • “In those statements, they tell us everything they know about the whole matter and we agree that we won’t use anything they tell us against them, but of course, we can use what they tell us about other people,”
  • “They will both testify in the cases against Derrick Harris, and they will both testify in the cruelty cases against Derrick Harris, Billy Glass and Randy Chandler”
  • “It gives us access to information we’ve not been able to get from the outside”
  • “By allowing these two people to plead guilty, we now have information from the inside that we were not previously able to secure.”
  • “I do not anticipate that either of these young men will be sentenced to jail time,” Cox added.

Vaughn and Richardson were fired last year.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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