Vernon Parish District Attorney Terry Lambright reports the recent conviction of Regina Shafer, age 30 of Leesville, for vehicular manslaughter. On November 17, 2022, Shafer was operating a motor vehicle in Vernon Parish when her vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree. Shafer’s 3-year-old child died as a result of the crash. The Louisiana State Police investigated the crash, determined that Shafer was impaired, found to be at fault, and her impairment a direct cause of the crash.
On October 6, 2023, Shafer pled guilty before the Honorable Judge C. Anthony Eaves and was sentenced to 15 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Wayne Bush.
Other recent convictions also reported by Vernon Parish District Attorney Terry Lambright include that of Christopher Kade Young, age 36, and Tasha Renae Young, age 36, both of New Llano. In January 2023, the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of the Youngs engagement in sexual acts with a minor child 15 years of age. As a result of the investigation, Christopher and Tasha Young were arrested for molestation of a juvenile as well as indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Christopher and Tasha Young appeared before the Honorable Judge C. Anthony Eaves and entered pleas of guilty on October 6, 2023. Christopher Young pled guilty to 4 counts of molestation of a juvenile and was sentenced to 20 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Tasha Young pled guilty to 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile and 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and was sentenced to 15 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Both cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Wayne Bush.