Jan 2, 2014 5:20 PM by Ian Auzenne (Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Murderer convicted in 1977 shootings dies at Angola

A murderer convicted of taking part in the 1977 shooting death of two Acadiana teens has died.

Eddie James Sonnier died at the Louisiana State Penitentiary on December 17 from an apparent heart attack. He was 57.

Sonnier and his brother, Elmo Patrick Sonnier, posed as police officers and detained the victims, Loretta Bourque and David Leblanc, in St. Martin Parish after finding them parked in a remote location. The Sonniers then drove the Bourque and Leblanc to a remote location in Iberia Parish. The brothers then raped Bourque before murdering her and Leblanc.

Eddie Sonnier began serving his life sentence at Angola in January 1980.

Elmo Patrick Sonnier, who was sentenced to death, was executed in 1984. Sonnier later became the subject of the novel DEAD MAN WALKING.


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