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Belton takes reins of DA’s office

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Leader photo by NANCY BERGERON- New District Attorney John Belton, right, signs the papers giving him the authority of his office while Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Marcus Clark looks on. Belton signed the papers during his swearing in ceremonies Friday.

John Belton officially became the 3rd Judicial District’s new district attorney Friday in ceremonies in Ruston and Farmerville.

He took his oath of office in Union Parish, but signed the paperwork that legally installs him as DA in Lincoln Parish. The two parishes comprise the 3rd Judicial District.

Belton, who spent 22 years as assistant district attorney for now-retired DA Bob Levy, won his former boss’s job in a squeaker election in the November 2014 primary. Belton is the district’s first black DA.

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