Roger Kohn's appeal of his conviction by a Vernon Parish jury for committing aggravated rape of two children who were eight or nines years of age at the time, has been affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, according to Vernon Parish District Attorney Asa Skinner.


Roger Kohn's appeal of his conviction by a Vernon Parish jury for committing aggravated rape of two children who were eight or nines years of age at the time, has been affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, according to Vernon Parish District Attorney Asa Skinner.
Kohn was found guilty on two counts of aggravated rape by a jury of his peers after a week-long trial in April 2010. The jury deliberated just over three hours before returning the verdict.
In confirming the convictions, the Third Circuit Court of Appeal did require one minute entry be corrected regarding the eligibility of the defendant for release on parole. Neither sentence for the convictions is eligible for consideration of parole because the law at the time the offenses were committed did not include any provision for parole, if castrated, chemically or otherwise.
Judge James Mitchell sentenced Kohn on June 29, 2010 to two consecutive life sentences, without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence on each conviction. the appellate court's decision was rendered may 11, 2011 by Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Judge Sylvia R. Cooks and Judge Elizabeth A. Pickett of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.
Prosecutor for the state was Mark H. Kramar, assistant district attorney. Roger Kohn was defended by Charles A. "Sam" Jones, of DeRidder.