Mother of slain woman responds to Lavergne’s attempt to void guilty pleas

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 9:00pm

The mother of a slain college student is outraged that the man who admitted to killing her is now attempting to void his guilty plea

Brandon Scott Lavergne is currently serving two life sentences after he confessed to killing ULL student Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate. He entered the guilty pleas in August 2012 as a part of a deal. Now, he says he felt pressured and has asked the judge to void the two pleas.

The Lafayette Parish District Attorney Mike Harson says Lavergne came to them with his “desire to confess and work the arrangement.” He added that during his taped interviews Lavergne “was laughing and things of this sort, so he didn’t seem too distraught.”

In his letters Lavergne claims that leaks to the media, a tainted grand jury and a diminished metal state are what lead him to the confession and plea deal.

Today, Mickey Shunick’s mother, Nancy Anne Rowe, posted a response on Facebook.

“Since people keep asking me what I think about the recent news: I think a 230 pound man in a custom, extended-cab pickup truck ran down a 100 pound girl on a bicycle. I think he picked her because she was tiny; he thought she would be easy to control while alive and easy to dispose of when dead.

“He was wrong on one of these counts; Mickey knew it was a fight to the death, and she fought for her life until Brandon Scott Lavergne shot her through the head. After stabbing her a number of times her death certificate says ‘Primary cause of death: gun shot wound to the head’ ‘Secondary cause of death: multiple stab wounds.’"

“Self-defense? Torture? Pressure? Incompetence? Poor, poor little man. Life is tough.
Mickey is the only part of this that has ever been important to us. She always will be important to us. Always.”

Lavergne’s requests have been denied because they were listed as being incomplete and improperly filed.

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