COLFAX, LA – District Attorney Jay Lemoine announced that Jason P. Dryden was convicted of Sexual Battery. A Grant Parish jury returned a verdict of guilty on Thursday, April 22. The trial, prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Renee Nugent, began the prior Monday.
Dryden, age 27, resided in Pollock. “As a result of this conviction, Mr. Dryden is facing a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years at hard labor, with a maximum sentence of 99 years”, said Lemoine. “The victim in this matter was a 5 year old child, so we will be seeking to prevent Mr. Dryden from harming anyone else for a very long time.”
This trial was the first jury trial held in Grant Parish since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The Court took special precautions to ensure the safety of all involved, including rearranging courtroom seating to ensure adequate physical distancing. “Although it was a bit different due to the measures taken in response to Covid, the jury seemed comfortable with the arrangement and performed their duties with diligence and responsibility,” Lemoine said. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted by the Department of Corrections and set a sentencing hearing for May 24, 2021.