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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Informer's Call Reported Before Suspect's Slaying

3-19-1984 Louisiana:

An unidentified man called the authorities Friday and tried to warn them that someone might try to harm a kidnapping suspect minutes before the suspect was fatally shot by the father of the kidnapping victim, according to a sheriff's deputy.

And, Sgt. Ricky Murphy said, the same caller was apparently on the phone moments later with Gary Plauche, 39 years old, when Mr. Plauche turned and shot to death Jeffery Doucet, 25, said to be the abductor of Mr. Plauche's son.

Mr. Doucet died about noon Saturday, The charge against Mr. Plauche was changed from attempted second- degree murder to second-degree murder.

Mr. Doucet had been extradited from Los Angeles to face a kidnapping charge. The informer called the sheriff's office Friday night, about 10 minutes before Mr. Doucet stepped off a plane at the Baton Rouge airport, said Sergeant Murphy, who talked to the man. ..more.. by NY Times

Up in Arms Over Crime
4-8-1995 Louisiana:
"Revenge rather than self-defense was involved when Leon Gary Plauche, 39, stepped from a telephone booth in the Baton Rouge, La., airport a year ago and killed Jeffery Doucet, 25, with a .38-cal. pistol. Doucet, who had taken up with Plauche's estranged wife, allegedly kidnaped and sexually molested Plauche's son Jody, then eleven. "A lot of people have stated that they would have done exactly the same thing as Plauche, if it had been their son," conceded Prem Burns, chief prosecutor in the Louisiana case. Burns said Plauche has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of manslaughter." ..more.. by Ed Magnuson;Kenneth W. Banta/New York, Joseph N. Boyce/Atlanta and Jack E. White/Chicago

Man Sentenced in Killing Of Suspected Kidnapper

8-28-1985 Louisiana:

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 27— A father who fatally shot a man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his son was given a suspended prison term today and sentenced to five years of probation.

The man, Leon Gary Plauche, 39 years old, had pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the death of Jeffrey Doucet, 25, who was shot in the head in the Baton Rouge airport in March 1984.

The shooting occurred as deputies were returning Mr. Doucet in handcuffs from California, where he had been arrested on a charge of kidnapping Mr. Plauche's 11-year-old son.

Judge Frank Saia of State District Court sentenced Mr. Plauche to undergo treatment for substance abuse and perform 300 hours of community service work. ..Source.. by NY Times

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