Vermilion

Aug 15, 2013 10:50 AM by MELISSA CANONE

Hardee wins Prosecutor of the Year

Vermilion Parish Assistant District Attorney F. Stanton Hardee, III was chosen as the Assistant District Attorney of the Year by the Louisiana Narcotics Officers Association.

Every year, narcotics officers from across the state nominate an assistant district attorney from the parish where they work based on his or her achievements. At the Annual State Conference of the Louisiana Narcotics Officers Association, the winner is announced from among the statewide nominees.

This year's winner is Assistant District Attorney F. Stanton Hardee, III from Kaplan. He is a felony prosecutor for District Attorney Mike Harson and handles murders, armed robberies, felony DWIs, and all the felony drug cases. He will receive the award at the L.N.O.A. Conference Banquet at the Astor Hotel in New Orleans tonight.

THE NOMINATION READS:

"Sheriff Mike Couvillon, Chief of Police Tony Hardy, and Chief of Police Boyd Adams, along with the agents of Vermilion / Municipal Narcotics Task Force, (which is comprised of the Abbeville Police Department, Kaplan Police Department and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office), would like to nominate F. Stanton Hardee III for L.N.O.A. Assistant District Attorney of the year.

Since arriving in the 15th Judicial District from the 16th Judicial District on March 19, 2012, Mr. Hardee has taken prosecuting drug related offenses in Vermilion Parish to a new level. It is safe to say that never before have we had the criminal element in the drug world in such a corner. As many narcotics agents can attest to, a fear of doing "TIME" becomes a positive influence on how we do our job. This fear has been brought back with a vengeance, with plea deals becoming more stringent, and also seeing offenders with multiple convictions being sentenced to life. Since his arrival a little over a year ago, Mr. Hardee sent away three habitual offenders for life, with another three individuals facing life sentences as a result of successful jury trial convictions for second degree murder and of habitual offenders for armed robbery and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Three drug offenders who thought they would play the system are now doing life at Angola. This is an unprecedented accomplishment in only his first year. Mr. Hardee's no nonsense style of prosecution, and extreme desire for detail not only makes for a rock solid case on offenders, but also builds a well-rounded narcotics agent. Although he is a part-time felony assistant district attorney, Mr. Hardee works tirelessly going through cases, calling agents, meeting with witnesses, and yes even sending out lengthy emails in the wee hours of the morning, with tips on how cases can be cinched up tighter on the next try. It is this tenacity; along with his quite impressive resume that leads us to believe that ADA Stanton Hardee should be considered for this award. "

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