On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, Shelby Alvin Chapple, left, 30, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced to 84 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Decoby Jonquail Office, 20, is going behind bars for 24 months, followed by two years of supervised release. Composite by Coffee or Die Magazine.
A pair of armed Louisiana men who led cops on dangerous high-speed chases through Shreveport, Louisiana, are going to prison.
On Wednesday, July 13, in Shreveport, Chief US District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. sentenced Shelby Alvin Chapple to seven years behind bars and Decoby Jonquail Office to two years in a federal penitentiary.
Both Chapple, 30, and Office, 20, had faced up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, but they inked plea deals with federal prosecutors six months ago. Their federal public defender did not respond to messages seeking comment.
The Louisiana men have lengthy rap sheets. Office’s arrests include collars for illegal use of a weapon, resisting arrest, child desertion, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, probation violation, aggravated flight, and obstruction of justice.
Chapple was on parole when he drew federal gun charges. Authorities previously nabbed him for drug trafficking, property damage, domestic abuse battery, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.
Louisiana’s Shreveport Police Department respond to roughly 200,000 calls annually and make 10,000 arrests. Shreveport Police Department photo.
Chapple’s latest legal problems began on Oct. 18, 2020, when he was driving down Shreveport’s Hollywood Avenue in a blue Taurus sedan. A Shreveport Police officer attempted to halt him for a traffic violation, and Chapple sped through a residential neighborhood.
He screeched to a stop and bolted behind some homes, still toting a Taurus PT-111 Millennium G2 9mm pistol with a high-capacity magazine attached to the firearm. Another officer arrived with a K9 working dog, and they flushed Chapple out of a nearby grove.
A Shreveport cop tried to stop Office on June 3, 2021, but Office also gunned his engine. During the chase, Office tossed a Glock 17 9mm pistol out of the car window. Law enforcement later recovered the weapon.
He forgot to throw the loaded magazine he kept below the driver’s seat.
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Carl Prine is a former senior editor at Coffee or Die Magazine. He has worked at Navy Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He served in the Marine Corps and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. His awards include the Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting on the military, a first prize from Investigative Reporters & Editors, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
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