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Constable Ernest Milton Howell | Winn Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Winn Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana


Ernest Milton Howell

Winn Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Saturday, April 22, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Pardoned in 1924

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Constable Ernest Howell's body was found at an early morning hour near the Atlanta railroad station. He had been shot and robbed. A bootlegger, who Constable Howell recently had problems with, was arrested at a nearby farm and charged with his murder.

On May 2, 1918, after two mistrials the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The Louisiana Supreme Court awarded him a new trial which resulted in a life sentence. He was pardoned November 15, 1924.

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Regardless of the circumstances of your death, your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 22, 2010


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