Vince Marinello, who was convicted of murdering his wife by a Lafayette jury last month, will be sentenced today to life in prison. The trial of the well known New Orleans sportscaster was moved to Lafayette from Jefferson Parish because of the enormous amount of publicity surrounding the murder investigation and arrest. Since his conviction, Marinello has been held in the Lafayette Parish jail. Judge Conn Regan of the 24th Judicial District Court presided over the trial and will sentence Marinello at the Lafayette Federal Courthouse. Marinello continues to maintain his innocence. The Times Picayune reports that Marinello’s attorney, Paul Fleming Jr., is expected to appeal his conviction today and ask for a new trial.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.