Brandon Scott Lavergne Pleads Guilty, Gets Life in Prison
In a plea deal worked out with prosecutors, Lavergne will be spared his life but will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.
As most suspected, when Lavergne was checked out of jail on August 7 it was indeed for him to show police where Shunick's body was placed. He was also required to physically recreate the actions of May 19. Lavergne then signed statements which were presented in court today.
Those statements revealed the details of his capture of Mickey Shunick and her subsequent death. Lavergne followed Shunick down St. Landry St. in his truck and intentionally hit her bike with his truck. He then forced her into his vehicle. However, she was able to mace him, grab his knife, and stab him several times giving him what some called "life-threatening" cuts. He grabbed the knife from her and stabbed her four times until she fell over. At that point he thought she was dead. However, when Lavergne brought her body to an Acadia Parish cane field, she jumped up and again gained control of his knife. Shunick stabbed him in the chest. That's when Lavergne grabbed a semi-automatic handgun and shot Shunick in the head, killing her instantly.
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