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THE PEDO OF LOUISIANA: GERALD BORDELON (EXECUTED ON JANUARY 7, 2010)



            On this date, January 7, 2010, Gerald Bordelon was executed by lethal injection in Louisiana for the November 15, 2002 murder of 12 year old Courtney LeBlanc. 

   
Gerald Bordelon
The victim, Courtney Leblanc
(June 5, 1990 to November 15, 2002)



Summary: Bordelon was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1982 to sexual battery, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his 1990 conviction for forcible rape and two counts of aggravated crime against nature. While on parole, he met Jennifer Kocke over the Internet and married her a year later. They separated after 12 year old Courtney LeBlanc and her sister told their mother that Bordelon touched them inappropriately. Bordelon abducted LeBlanc in 2002 from his estranged wife's trailer with a knife from the kitchen, took her to Mississippi where he forced her to perform oral sex on him, then drove back to Louisiana and strangled her. When LeBlanc's body was found 11 days later, she was wearing only a pair of shorts and one tennis shoe. Bordelon led police to her body in a wooded area by the Amite River in Livingston Parish, about 20 miles from Baton Rouge. A state Supreme Court opinion upholding Bordelon’s right to waive all appeals says Bordelon had a “diagnostic profile of sexual sadism” and he told psychiatrists his crimes involved an escalating pattern of violence.

Kocke was later convicted of child abuse by a Mississippi jury for failing to keep Bordelon away from her children. Kocke received a suspended five-year sentence, with five years of probation. 

Citations:
State v. Bordelon, 2009 WL 3321481 (La. October 16, 2009) (Direct Appeal).


Final Meal:
Fried sac-a-lait, crawfish étouffée, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cookies. 


Final Words:
Just before his execution, Bordelon apologized to LeBlanc's mother, uncle and sister, who witnessed the execution, and he asked for their forgiveness. "I'm sorry. I don't know if that brings any closure or peace. It should have never happened, but it did, and I'm sorry," he said, choking up and halting to collect himself. His eyes red-rimmed from crying, Bordelon added, "I'd like to apologize to my family and tell them that I love them."
 
Internet Sources:

"Murderer apologizes before his execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary." (AP January 07, 2010 

A convicted sex offender who confessed to strangling his 12-year-old stepdaughter and leaving her partially clothed body in a wooded area of Livingston Parish in 2002 was executed Thursday night. 

Gerald Bordelon, 47, was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, after receiving lethal drug injections. He was sentenced to death for the murder of Courtney LeBlanc, whom he kidnapped at knifepoint from her home seven years ago. 

Just before his execution, Bordelon apologized to LeBlanc's mother, uncle and sister, who witnessed the execution, and he asked for their forgiveness. "I'm sorry. I don't know if that brings any closure or peace. It should have never happened, but it did, and I'm sorry," he said, choking up and halting to collect himself. His eyes red-rimmed from crying, Bordelon added, "I'd like to apologize to my family and tell them that I love them." 

Against his white T-shirt Bordelon wore a gold cross given to him by his 19-year-old daughter, with whom he exchanged necklaces earlier in the day. He had given her a cross made by his fellow inmates. 

It was Louisiana's first execution since 2002. Bordelon's lawyer Jill Craft said Bordelon became the first person in Louisiana to successfully refuse a death sentence appeal since the death penalty was reinstated more than three decades ago. When Bordelon asked to waive his appeal, he said he would "commit the same crime again if ever given the chance," according to court documents. 

On parole following a rape conviction, Bordelon abducted LeBlanc on Nov. 15, 2002, from his estranged wife's trailer with a knife from the kitchen, took her to Mississippi where he forced her to perform oral sex on him, then drove back to Louisiana and strangled her. When LeBlanc's body was found 11 days later, she was wearing only a pair of shorts and one tennis shoe. 

Bordelon led police to her body in a wooded area by the Amite River in Livingston Parish, about 20 miles from Baton Rouge. "I took Courtney and told her if she screamed or hollered or tried to get away, I was going to kill her," Bordelon said in a videotaped confession that was played at his 2006 trial. 

Bordelon met with his family at the Angola prison Thursday in the hours before his execution. For his last meal he ate fried sac-a-lait fish, topped with crawfish etouffee, a peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich and chocolate chip cookies, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. 

Three of LeBlanc's relatives watched the execution, including LeBlanc's uncle Damian Kocke, her sister Brittany Boudreaux and her mother Jennifer Kocke, who was convicted of child abuse for allowing Bordelon near her children after they accused him of molestation. Sniffling could be heard from the separate room where they watched Bordelon die. The family didn't speak to reporters after his death. 

After Bordelon made his final statement, seven men strapped him to the black padded gurney and removed his shackles. Wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans, he stared at the ceiling as prison officials closed the curtains for the insertion of the intravenous tubes. The curtains were reopened after he was connected to the IVs. Bordelon spoke to warden Burl Cain, and he took several deep breaths as the drugs took hold. Cain said the convicted killer again repeated his remorse and asked Cain to tell his daughter that he wasn't afraid. At 6:32 p.m., Cain said, "We now pronounce Gerald Bordelon dead. We've sent his soul for final judgment." 

Death penalty opponents with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana held a vigil in New Orleans at the time of the execution. Bordelon's mother, daughter and two sisters released a statement, calling LeBlanc's death a "horribly tragic loss for our family. Courtney became very close with our family, and we all loved her dearly." They also said Bordelon "fought an insurmountable problem in his psyche his entire life." 

Bordelon had two prior felony convictions for sexual assault and was sent to psychiatric treatment in 1979 after being accused of rape and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to sexual battery in 1982 and was convicted of rape and crimes against nature in 1990, court records show. He was on parole when he met Kocke over the Internet and married her a year later. They separated after LeBlanc and her sister told their mother that Bordelon touched them inappropriately, but Kocke remained in contact with Bordelon after the split, according to court documents. 

Louisiana Parole Board officials said an officer spoke with Kocke before the marriage, notifying her that Bordelon was a convicted sex offender. Kocke was convicted of child abuse in Mississippi in October 2003 for failing to keep Bordelon away from her children. She received a suspended five-year sentence, with five years of probation. 

Bordelon also was part of a failed jail escape attempt in October 2003. Eighty-three other people remain on death row in Louisiana. The last person executed in Louisiana was Leslie Dale Martin in May 2002 for raping and killing a 19-year-old college student in 1991. No other executions have been scheduled. 


Baton Rouge Advocate

"Child killer voices remorse, executed," by James Minton. (Jan 8, 2010 - Page: 1A 

ANGOLA Convicted child rapist and murderer Gerald J. Bordelon died Thursday night by lethal injection after expressing remorse for his crimes and apologizing profusely to the victim s family, Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain and media witnesses said. 

Bordelon, 47, was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m., a few minutes after being administered three drugs to put him to sleep, stop his breathing and stop his heart, Cain said. 

A Livingston Parish jury convicted Bordelon of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death in 2006 for kidnapping, molesting and killing his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney LeBlanc, in November 2002. 

Bordelon was a two-time sex offender on parole when he kidnapped LeBlanc from his estranged wife s home on Linder Road north of Denham Springs on Nov. 15, 2002. He said in a taped confession to authorities that he took the girl to Mississippi, where he said he forced her to perform oral sex on him. Investigators found LeBlanc s body 11 days later when Bordelon led them to a wooded area on the East Baton Rouge side of the Amite River near Denham Springs. She had been strangled. 

Associated Press reporter and execution witness Melinda Deslatte said Bordelon specifically addressed LeBlanc s mother, sister and uncle before they witnessed the execution. I m sorry. I don t know if that brings any closure or peace. It should have never happened, but it did and I m sorry, Deslatte quoted Bordelon. 

Livingston Parish News Managing Editor Mike Dowty, another execution witness, said Bordelon seemed more focused about the things between the family and his family than on his death. 

Bordelon was the 28th person executed for murder in Louisiana since executions resumed in 1983 following a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision that threw out all existing death penalty laws in the nation. Bordelon was the eighth executed by lethal injection and the first in modern times to die without exercising his constitutional rights to appeal his conviction and sentence. Before Bordelon s death, Louisiana s last execution occurred in May 2002. 

Angola spokeswoman Cathy Fontenot said 81 prisoners remain on Death Row at Angola, and two women condemned to die are housed at Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women at St. Gabriel. Television reporter Chris Nakamoto, who also witnessed the execution, said Bordelon wore a gold cross on a chain that his daughter had given him. Bordelon gave his daughter a necklace with a cross made by an Angola inmate. 

Bordelon spent the earlier part of his last day at Angola visiting with family members until 3 p.m., and then ate his last meal of fried sac-a-lait, crawfish touff e, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cookies, sharing the meal with Cain, his attorney and spiritual adviser and several other Angola officials. 

Cain described Bordelon as very upbeat, cheerful and very remorseful during the meal. He ate. Most other (prisoners facing execution) just play with their food. He ate heartily, the warden said. Bordelon watched out a window as his family left the area to stay at a chapel at another part of the prison, Cain said. Cain said Bordelon talked about LeBlanc during his meeting with him near the death chamber. All he said about Courtney is, I did it, I m guilty and nobody else had anything to do with it, Cain said. 

The Associated Press reported that after Bordelon made his final statement, seven men strapped him to the black padded gurney and removed his shackles. Wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans, he stared at the ceiling as prison officials closed the curtains for the insertion of the intravenous tubes. The curtains were reopened after he was connected to the IVs. Bordelon spoke to Cain, and he took several deep breaths as the drugs took hold. The warden said the convicted killer again repeated his remorse and asked Cain to tell his daughter that he wasn t afraid. 

At 6:32 p.m., Cain said, We now pronounce Gerald Bordelon dead. We ve sent his soul for final judgment. 

Death penalty opponents with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana held a vigil in New Orleans at the time of the execution. 

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled in October that Bordelon was competent to waive his appeals in state and federal courts, saying testimony from psychiatrists who examined him excludes the possibility that his waiver was influenced by brain damage, mental retardation or personality disorders that impair cognitive function. 

The testimony also excludes the possibility that Bordelon s decision was the product of despair and suicidal ideation, the high court s opinion says. At the same time, the Supreme Court reviewed the death sentence, finding that it was not excessive because the jury found that the girl was killed during the commission of aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping. 

When he married Jennifer Kocke, the victim s mother, in 2001, Bordelon s parole terms prohibited him from having contact with minors. The state Parole Board, however, modified the terms of his parole to allow unsupervised contact with minors as long as the parent or guardian knew of his sex crime history. 

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1982 to sexual battery, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his 1990 conviction for forcible rape and two counts of aggravated crime against nature. Bordelon and Kocke soon separated after LeBlanc and her sister told their mother that Bordelon touched them inappropriately, but Kocke remained in contact with Bordelon after the split, the state Supreme Court s opinion says. 

Kocke was convicted of child abuse by a Mississippi jury for failing to keep Bordelon away from her children. Kocke received a suspended five-year sentence, with five years of probation. 


"Lawyer: Bordelon admitted crimes," by James Minton. (Jan 9, 2010 - Page: 1B) 

While at Louisiana State Penitentiary awaiting execution, Gerald J. Bordelon was interviewed by FBI criminal profile experts and gave information about other crimes he committed, his attorney said Friday. Bordelon, 47, was executed by lethal injection Thursday night for the November 2002 kidnapping, rape and murder of his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney LeBlanc, 

Jill Craft, of Baton Rouge, represented Bordelon for about three years as he sought to avoid having his 2006 conviction and sentence in Livingston Parish appealed to higher courts. Craft said she cannot discuss the specifics of the crimes her client discussed with the FBI. “I can say that he really did the right thing to cleanse his soul,” Craft said. 

A state Supreme Court opinion upholding Bordelon’s right to waive all appeals says Bordelon had a “diagnostic profile of sexual sadism” and he told psychiatrists his crimes involved an escalating pattern of violence. Bordelon pleaded guilty to sexual battery in 1982 and received a 10-year sentence, and was on parole after serving 10 years of a 20-year sentence for forcible rape and two counts of aggravated crime against nature. 

On Thursday, Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain gave additional information about a telephone call Cain allowed Bordelon to make to two women Tuesday night. One of the women was a friend of the girl’s mother, Jennifer Kocke. She dropped the girl at Kocke’s Linder Road home near Denham Springs the day before she was abducted. 

Cain, who said he listened to the conversation on a telephone extension because the women were not on Bordelon’s approved visitor list, said Bordelon absolved the mother‘s friend of any blame for dropping the girl off to stay alone at the trailer. “He said if it hadn’t happened that day, when the lady dropped Courtney off, and nobody was at home because her mother was at the hospital, it would have been another day. It would have happened,” Cain said. “That was really important, I think, for the lady who dropped Courtney off,” the warden added. Without elaborating, Cain said Bordelon also “did the right thing to give one of those ladies a lot of peace about her own child.” 

The Supreme Court opinion says the defense theory of the case was that Kocke killed her own daughter and Bordelon took the blame to spare his estranged wife. Bordelon, in a written statement composed just before the execution, dismissed that idea. “To anybody that thinks Jennifer (Kocke) was involved in any way: she wasn’t.” “I can’t take back anything I did, and at this point in time, all I can do is accept responsibility,” his statement concluded. 

Craft also released a written statement from Bordelon’s family saying LeBlanc’s death was a “horribly tragic loss for our family.” “Courtney became very close with our family, and we all loved her dearly. She was an exceptional child that we all became very attached to. She spent a lot of time with Gerald’s family, and we miss her terribly, just as we will miss Gerald terribly,” the statement says. 

Shreveport Times

"La. man executed for 2002 killing," by Melinda Deslatte. (AP January 8, 2010) 

ANGOLA — A convicted sex offender who confessed to strangling his 12-year-old stepdaughter and leaving her partially clothed body in a wooded area of Livingston Parish in 2002 was executed Thursday night. Gerald Bordelon, 47, was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, after receiving lethal drug injections. He was sentenced to death for the murder of Courtney LeBlanc, whom he kidnapped at knifepoint from her home seven years ago. 

Just before his execution, Bordelon apologized to LeBlanc's mother, uncle and sister, who witnessed the execution, and he asked for their forgiveness. "I'm sorry. I don't know if that brings any closure or peace. It should have never happened, but it did, and I'm sorry," he said, choking up and halting to collect himself. His eyes red-rimmed from crying, Bordelon added, "I'd like to apologize to my family and tell them that I love them." 

Against his white T-shirt Bordelon wore a gold cross given to him by his 19-year-old daughter, with whom he exchanged necklaces earlier in the day. He had given her a cross made by his fellow inmates. 

It was Louisiana's first execution since 2002. Bordelon's lawyer Jill Craft said Bordelon became the first person in Louisiana to successfully refuse a death sentence appeal since the death penalty was reinstated more than three decades ago. When Bordelon asked to waive his appeal, he said he would "commit the same crime again if ever given the chance," according to court documents. 

On parole following a rape conviction, Bordelon abducted LeBlanc on Nov. 15, 2002, from his estranged wife's trailer with a knife from the kitchen, took her to Mississippi where he forced her to perform oral sex on him, then drove back to Louisiana and strangled her. When LeBlanc's body was found 11 days later, she was wearing only a pair of shorts and one tennis shoe. Bordelon led police to her body in a wooded area by the Amite River in Livingston Parish, about 20 miles from Baton Rouge. "I took Courtney and told her if she screamed or hollered or tried to get away, I was going to kill her," Bordelon said in a videotaped confession that was played at his 2006 trial. 

Bordelon met with his family at the Angola prison Thursday in the hours before his execution. For his last meal he ate fried sac-a-lait fish, topped with crawfish etouffee, a peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich and chocolate chip cookies, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. 

Three of LeBlanc's relatives watched the execution, including LeBlanc's uncle Damian Kocke, her sister Brittany Boudreaux and her mother Jennifer Kocke, who was convicted of child abuse for allowing Bordelon near her children after they accused him of molestation. Sniffling could be heard from the separate room where they watched Bordelon die.The family didn't speak to reporters after his death. 

After Bordelon made his final statement, seven men strapped him to the black padded gurney and removed his shackles. Wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans, he stared at the ceiling as prison officials closed the curtains for the insertion of the intravenous tubes. The curtains were reopened after he was connected to the IVs. Bordelon spoke to warden Burl Cain, and he took several deep breaths as the drugs took hold. Cain said the convicted killer again repeated his remorse and asked Cain to tell his daughter that he wasn't afraid. At 6:32 p.m., Cain said, "We now pronounce Gerald Bordelon dead. We've sent his soul for final judgment." 

Death penalty opponents with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana held a vigil in New Orleans at the time of the execution. Bordelon's mother, daughter and two sisters released a statement, calling LeBlanc's death a "horribly tragic loss for our family. Courtney became very close with our family, and we all loved her dearly." They also said Bordelon "fought an insurmountable problem in his psyche his entire life." 

Bordelon had two prior felony convictions for sexual assault and was sent to psychiatric treatment in 1979 after being accused of rape and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to sexual battery in 1982 and was convicted of rape and crimes against nature in 1990, court records show. 

He was on parole when he met Kocke over the Internet and married her a year later. They separated after LeBlanc and her sister told their mother that Bordelon touched them inappropriately, but Kocke remained in contact with Bordelon after the split, according to court documents. 

Louisiana Parole Board officials said an officer spoke with Kocke before the marriage, notifying her that Bordelon was a convicted sex offender. Kocke was convicted of child abuse in Mississippi in October 2003 for failing to keep Bordelon away from her children. She received a suspended five-year sentence, with five years of probation. Bordelon also was part of a failed jail escape attempt in October 2003. 

Eighty-three other people remain on death row in Louisiana. The last person executed in Louisiana was Leslie Dale Martin in May 2002 for raping and killing a 19-year-old college student in 1991. No other executions have been scheduled. 

ProDeathPenalty.Com

Gerald Bordelon, a previously convicted sex offender, was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of his 12-year-old step-daughter, Courtney LeBlanc. Bordelon had prior convictions for forcible rape and aggravated crime against nature. He had been paroled after serving 10 years of a 20-year sentence. Courtney's mother Jennifer Kocke had met Bordelon on the internet and married him in 2001. They moved from Louisiana to Mississippi and lived in a trailer owned by Bordelon's parents outside of Gloster, Mississippi. However, during the Christmas holidays in 2001, Courtney's mother learned from Courtney and one of her sisters that Bordelon had molested them.

She notified the police and Bordelon was ordered to leave the residence. Kocke and her children moved back to Louisiana, however she maintained contact with her husband. She moved into a rented trailer Denham Springs in October 2002. Bordelon began working on various repairs to the trailer.

On November 15, 2002, Bordelon kidnapped Courtney from her home at knifepoint. Courtney was alone at the trailer because her uncle had been admitted to a local hospital in critical condition following a car accident and Kocke stayed at the hospital overnight with her brother. Local residents volunteered to search for the missing girl, and 11 days after she disappeared, on November 26, 2002, Bordelon confessed to her murder and led authorities to Courtney's partially nude body. In his videotaped confession, Bordelon admitted that he had taken Courtney to a wooded area near Baton Rouge on the banks of the Amite River where he strangled her. He said he parked his car in a wooded area early that morning and found Courtney sleeping on the couch. He shook her arm and told her to come with him. In his confession, Bordelon said, "I took Courtney and told her if she screamed or hollered or tried to get away, I was going to kill her." He said that during the drive to Mississippi, he forced Courtney to remove her underwear so he could fondle her. He drove down a gravel road and made the girl perform oral sex on him.

They left Mississippi around 9 am and returned to Baton Rouge. He made Courtney walk down a dirt path near the Amite River, and Courtney asked, "Where are we going?" He told her they were going "to the river." When asked what Courtney's last words were, Bordelon said, "Why do you like the river?" After reaching the banks of the river, Bordelon said he pushed Courtney down and she fell on her face, then rolled over. He straddled her and choked her with his hands. Courtney was able to bite Bordelon's left thumb hard enough to cause bleeding. After choking Courtney to death, Bordelon said he moved her body into a wooded area and concealed her with heavy underbrush, then returned to his car and threw out Courtney's panties. He then called his sister and went to her home so he could wash his clothing. Bordelon's semen and Courtney's DNA were found in Bordelon's car.

While awaiting trial, Bordelon and another inmate escaped from the Livingston Parish jail in 2003, but were recaptured the same weekend. A passing motorist reported seeing Bordelon near a highway. Bordelon has said, "I would commit the crime again if ever given the chance." The jury took only 38 minutes to deliberate before sentencing Bordelon to death. In October 2003, an Amite County jury deliberated for less than half an hour before finding Courtney’s mother, Jennifer Kocke, guilty of felony child abuse for allowing her daughter to have contact with her husband, who was a four-time convicted sex offender. Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson ordered that Jennifer could never have any contact with Gerald Bordelon. And Johnson ordered that on every June 5, which was Courtney’s birthday, Jennifer must write at least a 200-word letter to her daughter and have it filed in the Amite County Circuit Court no later than each June 10.


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