SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A man wanted for a fatal shooting in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood over the weekend was recently released from state custody after pleading down to a simple robbery charge in another violent crime.
Police say Office fatally shot Jared Pelletier, 28, in the head along Prospect Street in the city’s Highland neighborhood last month.
Williams was allegedly a principal in the murder.
A dive into Office’s criminal past shows that in July of 2019 when he was just 17-years-old, an arrest warrant was issued for him, accusing him of robbing a woman of her car keys at gunpoint and taking her vehicle.
He entered the Caddo court system the following month. He was charged with armed robbery, a crime carrying a minimum 10-year sentence in Louisiana.
Over the next 20 months, his case worked its way through the court system.
In April of 2021, Office pleaded guilty but not to armed robbery. Instead, in a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to the downgraded charge of simple robbery.
He received a four-year sentence with credit for 20 months of time served while awaiting trial. The sentence could have landed him in jail until August of 2023.
But Office recently was released from state custody. Records show his case officially closed with the state on May 5th.
We reached out to Louisiana’s Department of Corrections to find out why Thomas Office was released early. Our calls were not returned.
We also reached out to the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office to find out why a plea deal was offered in Office’s case. The DA’s office says they will not comment on past criminal cases of people facing current litigation.