Former Judge David Bell pleads no contest to lesser charge in auto theft ring investigation Ordered to serve one year of active probation, court records show, 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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