An Opelousas man serving a federal sentence in a Lake Charles halfway house for failing to register as a sex offender was sentenced again this week for leaving the halfway house in March without permission, officials said.
U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi sentenced Christopher James Courvelle, 45, to an additional 15 months in federal custody. Courvelle pleaded guilty Tuesday, and was then sentenced by Minaldi, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said.
Courvelle left the halfway house on March 3, Finley said, and agents with the U.S. Marshal’s Service located the fugitive March 4 at a bus depot near the Road King truck stop in Lake Charles.
Courvelle was convicted and placed in the halfway house in June 2012 for not updating his sex offender filing. His original conviction was for rape, which requires the felon to register as a sex offender for life.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service investigated the case prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamilla Bynog and Howard Parker.