Violet man pleads guilty to attempted murder and armed robbery

Dalvin Major

St. Bernard Parish District Attorney

District Attorney Perry Nicosia announced today that Dalvin Major, Age 22, of Violet, LA pled guilty to attempted murder and armed robbery stemming from a shooting which occurred on August 31, 2013.

Dalvin Major, then 18, shot his cousin, twice – once in the lower torso and once in the thigh – on a street in Violet. Major then stole his wallet and fled St. Bernard, authorities said. Major was captured in New Orleans by a U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force of which the Sheriff’s Office has a deputy who is a member of the group, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Major’s case was initially dismissed by the former district attorney but was targeted by Nicosia for prosecution by the District Attorney’s “violent offender unit.” Nicosia targeted Major as a violent offender and re-instituted charges. With only limited evidence, it was the hard work and efforts of the Sheriff’s office and DA investigators, which allowed a successful prosecution to proceed. District Attorney Nicosia credited the tireless efforts of Assistant District Attorney Charles Ward, which led to Major’s guilty plea. Nicosia stated “There is zero tolerance for violent crimes, especially those involving guns, in St. Bernard. Those who choose to commit these acts can expect to be prosecuted and sent to prison.” Major was sentenced to 10 years in the state penitentiary on each charge by Judge Jacques Sanborn.