A 30-year-old Chauvin woman convicted last year for her involvement in a fatal drug overdose in 2015 was arrested on a marijuana charge Tuesday, authorities said.
Shantelle White, of Jane Street, is charged with resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and a parole violation, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
White had pleaded guilty on Oct. 12, 2017, to negligent homicide for her role in the fatal overdose of 35-year-old Christy Hurst on Dec. 3, 2015. Charles Hammonds III, 21, also pleaded guilty to negligent homicide on Sept. 22, 2017, for his involvement in the incident.
State law defines negligent homicide as the killing of a human being by criminal negligence.
District Court Judge Johnny Walker sentenced both defendants to five years in prison with credit for time served. Walker said White would also be eligible to participate in substance abuse rehabilitative programs.
White, who failed to report to her parole officer, was spotted by a deputy about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at Houma’s Wal-Mart on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Maj. Malcolm Wolfe said. White was accompanied by 25-year-old Jenna Adams, who was also wanted on a parole violation for failing to appear in court.
After arresting Adams, deputies tried to identify White, who provided two different false names, Wolfe said. Deputies later learned White had outstanding arrest warrants for failing to report to her parole officer.
Deputies found a marijuana cigarette in White’s possession, which led to the drug charge, Wolfe said.
White was first arrested on Dec. 20, 2015, after deputies responded to a room at the Economy Inn on Hollywood Road in Houma and discovered Hurst’s body inside. Investigators believed she died from a heroin overdose, which was supported by the presence of drug paraphernalia in the room, prosecutors said.
Information downloaded from a recently discovered cellphone led investigators to believe Hammonds, White and Hurst were using meth and heroin in the hotel room on the morning of the overdose, authorities said.
Dodd expressed frustration over White’s latest arrest.
“Here you have somebody who got a drug-based conviction charge where somebody’s life was lost in the process and is still doing drugs,” Dodd said. “Plus, she didn’t report to her parole officer. You would hope she would make a change in her life but apparently she hasn’t.”
White was transported to the Terrebonne Parish jail, where is being held without bond.
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