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Typo leads to armed robbery suspect's release

Typo leads to armed robbery suspect's release

An armed robbery suspect was out of jail for the past month because of a typographical error that allowed him to post a lower bond than what had been set.

Lafourche sheriff's deputies took Brent LeBouef, 24, of Houma, back into custody Monday.

LeBouef was set for trial last week in state District Judge Christopher Boudreaux's courtroom in Thibodaux. He showed up for court Monday, not in a jail jumpsuit but in regular clothes.

Sgt. Brennan Matherne, a spokesman for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, said the defendant was released the night of June 17 after a booking officer mistakenly omitted a zero when typing his bond amount.

The defendant's bond was actually $200,000, but he was released on a $20,000 bond. It was unclear when authorities realized the mistake.

Houma attorney Tracy Schwab represented LeBouef in court. The trial was delayed to Sept. 26 because LeBouef may be getting a new attorney and because the defense was still waiting on information related to the case.

Assistant District Attorney Rene Gautreaux said he hadn't expected the case to go to trial last week because he didn't think LeBouef would show up.

The defendant asked Boudreaux to reduce his bond to $20,000 Monday. The judge denied that request, saying LeBouef would have to pay the rest of his bond – $180,000.

LeBouef is a suspect in last year's robbery of a Galliano couple who said they were tied up and threatened with a gun and baseball bat.

The homeowner, Jim Guidry, 64, was later killed in a head-on crash June 8, 2015, on La. 1 just south of Golden Meadow.

Lafourche sheriff's deputies responded to Guidry's home on East 150th Street about 2:30 a.m. May 13, 2015, after he and his wife reported two masked men had burst into their bedroom while they were asleep.

Guidry, who owned Big Jim's Seafood in Golden Meadow, then told The Courier and Daily Comet the robbers took $6,000 or $7,000 from his pants pocket, a safe containing just over $100,000 and the couple's SUV. He said they also stole seven pistols from him, about five of the shotguns his son was storing at his home and a few silver dollars his wife had collected.

Golden Meadow Police found the SUV abandoned on Louviere Lane.

According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, LeBouef and Santos Dardar, 32, entered the home by breaking a window. Dardar's cousin, Donald Dardar, 36, of Montegut, reportedly drove the getaway vehicle.

Santos Dardar pleaded guilty May 23 and was sentenced to 40 years in prison without the benefit of probation or parole.

Donald Dardar's wife, Mandy Dardar, 30, was in the getaway vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said. She was charged as an accessory and later pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors said Mandy Dardar had agreed to testify against the other defendants. However, she was killed Feb. 25 in a crash on La. 308 in Larose.

Donald Dardar is also charged with armed robbery but remains in the Terrebonne Parish jail on unrelated charges.

Daily Comet Staff Writer Bridget Mire can be reached at 448-7639 or Follow her on Twitter @bridget_mire.