According to Evangeline Parish court records, Stevin Lafleur, charged with second degree kidnapping and forcible rape, pleaded guilty to second degree battery and the rape charge was dismissed.
Lafleur, defended by Ed Lopez, received a three-year suspended sentence from Judge Larry Vidrine.
He must also pay a $2,500 prosecution expense fee to the Evangeline DA and $5,000 to the victim’s medical expenses.
He was also required to spend one year in the parish jail, with credit for time served (nine months) before he bonded out. He is eligible for work release the remaining three months.
The other two defendants -- Jon Hebert and Jordan Manuel -- were put in the DA’s Pre-Trial Intervention program, according to court records. Ordinarily, successful 12-months completion of PTI results in dismissal of charges.
Hebert, represented by Timmy Fontenot, was charged with second degree kidnapping and forcible rape. Manuel, represented by Alex Chapman, was charged with accessory to second degree kidnapping and with forcible rape.
Police alleged that LaFleur and Hebert took the woman, very drunk according to witnesses, from the club about 2 a.m., then got Manuel to join them.
Police alleged that after hours of having their way with her the trio dumped the woman, dressed only in a blouse, in a ditch, where she was found by a couple on their way to church late Sunday morning.
A hospital report in the record indicates her apparent injuries, including scratches, abrasions and contusions on her face and inner thighs were extensive when taken there that day
According to the case record, the victim was unable to provide much assistance in identifying her assailants.
She told police she did not remember much after leaving her drink on a seat, going to the restroom and returning to the drink.
One of the statements in the case indicated one of the accused had told a third party about the night in question.
The record also includes one of the three telling police he drove while the other two were in the back seat having sex with the victim.
Second degree battery in Louisiana is defined as battery when the offender intentionally inflicts serious bodily injury, which is defined as bodily injury which involves unconsciousness, extreme physical pain or protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty, or a substantial risk of death.
The maximum penalty is $2,000 and five years with or without hard labor.
Second degree kidnapping in Louisiana is the forcible seizing and carrying of any person from one place to another; or the enticing or persuading of any person to go from one place to another; or the imprisoning or forcible secreting of any person in which the victim is:
Used as a shield or hostage;
Used to facilitate the commission of a felony or the flight after an attempt to commit or the commission of a felony;
Physically injured or sexually abused;
Imprisoned or kidnapped for seventy-two or more hours, except as provided in R.S. 14:45(A)(4) or (5); or
Imprisoned or kidnapped when the offender is armed with a dangerous weapon or leads the victim to reasonably believe he is armed with a dangerous weapon.
The penalty for second degree kidnapping is imprisonment at hard labor for not less than five nor more than 40 years, at least two years without parole, probation or suspension.
Forcible rape in Louisiana is rape committed when the anal, oral, or vaginal sexual intercourse is deemed to be without the lawful consent of the victim because it is committed under any one or more of the following circumstances:
When the victim is prevented from resisting the act by force or threats of physical violence under circumstances where the victim reasonably believes that such resistance would not prevent the rape.
When the victim is incapable of resisting or of understanding the nature of the act by reason of stupor or abnormal condition of the mind produced by a narcotic or anesthetic agent or other controlled dangerous substance administered by the offender and without the knowledge of the victim.
The penalty for forcible rape is imprisonment for not less than five nor more than 40 years, at least two years without parole, probation or suspension.
Lafleur, now 23, was sentenced in May 2009 to 18 months in St. Landry for a simple arson committed in April 2008.
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