Broussard, 12 time convicted felon, gets 20 yeas
By: Howell Dennis - Editor
CROWLEY - Morse native Donovan Broussard, 41, who has previously been convicted of 12 felonies, was sentenced to 12 years at hard labor without the benefit of parole for burglary and 20 years for the distribution of oxycontin and Monday in a Crowley federal courtroom. The verdict was handed down by District Judge Glennon Everett.
Broussard was convicted recently of burglarizing the home of Kenneth Lavergne, an elderly man with failing health, who died on March 11 of this year. Lavergne’s daughter, Trudy Bourque, was allowed to address Broussard prior to the sentencing.
“Today is the first birthday I’ve ever spent without my father,” she stated emotionally. “My father was a kind man who would have given you the shirt off his back if you had asked him.
“The bed and the dresser that you stole were sentimental items that were to be handed down to me,” she continued. “The gun that you stole was to be handed down to my brother and we each would have passed these items down to our children. Now you made multiple trips to my father’s home and I will always believe that you had help. The dresser alone weighed more than 600 pounds. My father had four back surgeries and still worked as hard as he could to support us. When you became a father you should have put all this nonsense behind you to be there for your children. You are a very selfish man.
“Hell of a way to spend my 34th birthday, huh?” she concluded.
Broussard then asked to address the victim’s family. His looked at Bourque and simply said “I’m very sorry.”
Judge Everett then addressed Broussard.
“Mr. Broussard you have 12 prior felony convictions on your record and have already spent 24 or 25 years in prison,” said Judge Everett.”Because of this history there will be no drug rehab even though most of your past convictions are associated with drugs. You are a lifetime criminal sir. If it weren’t for your help of the state you would be spending the rest of your life in prison.”
Judge Everett then passed down his sentence.
“In respect to the burglary you will serve 12 years at hard labor without the benefit of probation or parole,” he said. “In respect to the distribution of oxycodone you are sentenced to 20 years. Each of these sentences are to run concurrently.”
“I’m satisfied,” said Bourque following the sentencing. “I just feel sorry for his children to have to grow up without their father around.”
Assistant District Attorney, who prosecuted the case, was somewhat more disappointed.
“I just think that someone with a record like his should have received substantial jail time,” he said.