, By Michelle Hunter, Oct. 25, 2022

David Bell, the former Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judge accused of taking part in a large-scale auto theft ring that operated in the New Orleans area for more than seven years, pleaded no contest Monday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor possession of stolen property, according to Jefferson Parish court records.

Judge E. Adrian Adams, of the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, deferred a six-month sentence in parish prison and ordered Bell to serve one year of active probation.

Bell, 53, had been charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit theft valued over $25,000. He was accused of co-owning a New Orleans scrapyard used to dispose of stolen vehicles.

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