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Repeat offender sentenced to 25 years

Repeat offender sentenced to 25 years

THIBODAUX – A Lockport man was sentenced to 25 years Wednesday morning following a sentencing hearing before Hon. F. Hugh Larose.

Shane Badeaux, 37, of Lockport, was convicted of aggravated flight from an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after a two-day jury trial that ended on August 18.

He was sentenced to 20 years on the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and 5 years on the charge of aggravated flight. The sentences were ordered to run consecutively.

Badeaux was sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed by law on both offenses.

Before pronouncing the sentence, Judge Larose noted the fact that Badeaux has been convicted of 11 felony charges in the past and two of those have been on the crime of attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

“The sentence imposed by Judge Larose reflects the seriousness of the crimes that Mr. Badeaux committed. Mr. Badeaux has repeatedly shown no regard for the laws of this state and now must face the consequences,” said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Richard who along with Shaun George prosecuted the case.

Badeaux was accused of fleeing from Lockport Police Officer Cullen Orgeron on November 2, 2015, when Orgeron attempted to stop Badeaux on Hwy 308 for an equipment violation.

Badeaux turned onto Hwy. 654, and increased his speed to over 80 miles per hour, crossing the center line multiple times in the process. A long and high-speed pursuit ensued, with the suspect at one point driving through the LaTour Golf Course, in the process tearing up parts of the turf.

After both vehicles became stuck in the mud, Badeaux exited the vehicle carrying a safe and a bag and continued to flee on foot. He proceeded to discard both items before jumping into a small pond.

Badeaux continued to resist Orgeron’s attempts to restrain him, even after being hit with the officer’s taser. It wasn’t until a Lafourche Parish Deputy arrived that the suspect was ultimately subdued.

A search of Badeaux’s person discovered 5.1 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Eventually, the safe was recovered, and after obtaining a search warrant, Orgeron discovered that it contained two pistols and a large quantity of ammunition.