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Jury finds Claiborne Parish man guilty of aggravated battery

On December 4th , 2021, Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation following a domestic disturbance incident on County Line Road that left an Arcadia man stabbed and bludgeoned.

Arrest warrants were subsequently issued for Contravious Patterson and Kanecia Patterson after CPSO
investigators learned of their direct involvement in the attack of the victim, who was a family member of
the sibling pair. Both Kanecia and Contravious were subsequently arrested and faced charges in the 2nd
Judicial District Court, in Homer.

Kanecia Patterson pleaded guilty to simple battery shortly after her arrest. Contravious however, pleaded not guilty when charged by the Claiborne Parish District Attorney’s Office with Aggravated Second Degree Battery, for the stabbing of the victim.

On May 15 th , 2023, a criminal trial began for Contravious. The lead prosecutor in the case was Assistant District Attorney, Jim Colvin, who was assisted by Assistant District Attorney, Daniel Bays. District Judge, Walter May presided over the trial proceedings. Having been charged by the District Attorney’s Office with Aggravated Second Degree Battery, a crime punishable with or without hard labor, a six-person jury was selected to determine Patterson’s guilt or innocence.

After the jury was selected, testimonial evidence was presented by the prosecution and the defense. After closing arguments were made by respective counsels, on May 16 th , 2023, the jury returned a verdict against Contravious of “guilty of Aggravated Battery,” a lesser included offense, for
stabbing the victim in the back.

At the time of the incident, Contravious was under the supervision of Louisiana State Probation and Parole officials, following a prior conviction (guilty plea) for Aggravated Second Degree Battery, in
Webster Parish.

Following the guilty verdict, Contravious was remanded to the custody of the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office and is currently incarcerated at the Claiborne Parish Detention Center. Contravious is scheduled to return to court on July 11th , 2023, for sentencing.

The two successful prosecutions in this case were the result of a joint effort between the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and The Claiborne Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Sheriff Dowies would also like to thank personnel from Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the case, having assisted CPSO investigators execute warrants, and locate involved parties during the investigation and prior to the trial.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.