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Kaplan man charged in murder-for-hire case has history of violent crimes

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Posted at 7:42 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 20:43:45-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Kaplan man charged in connection with a murder-for-hire plot to silence his the rape victim so she could not testify against him has a history of sexual and violent crimes.

Beaux Cormier, 35, of Kaplan was arrested Friday, Jan. 29 in connection with a Jan. 13 double homicide in Montegut where two women were shot and killed.

Cormier along with 25-year-old Andrew Eskine of Carencro, and 22-year-old Dalvin Wilson from Rayne are all facing two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of criminal conspiracy to commit murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

Cormier has also been charged with solicitation for murder.

According to court records obtained by our media partners at The Advocate, Cormier has a history of violent crimes and faced next to no jail time for some of the charges, which include forcible rape, third-degree rape, intimidating a witness, cyberstalking, armed robbery and animal cruelty, the newspaper reports.

Cormier's criminal records date back to a July 2002 forcible rape of a 12-year-old family member when he was only 17 years old.

Cormier initially pleaded not guilty to the charge but later entered into a plea agreement to a lesser charge of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Cormier was sentenced to 7 1/2 years at hard labor, which was suspended instead for five years of supervised probation in November 2004. Cormier was then made to pay $820 to the father of the victim and have no further contact with the victim during his five-year probation.

Cormier was also ordered to comply with sex offender registration and notification, reports the Advocate. Cormier was required to register as a sex offender for 15 years for the lesser charge under state law.

Cormier also faced two counts of cyberstalking for "threatening, terrifying and/or harassing" a man in July and September 2002, the newspaper reports.

In 2003, Cormier agreed to plead no contest to one of the charges after the state dropped the other. He was sentenced to 60 days in the Vermilion Parish jail, however that was also suspended for one year of unsupervised probation.

Cormier's probation was revoked for failing to attend a hearing and comply with the sex offender registration requirements in 2007.

Cormier was ordered at that time to serve his original 7 1/2 years at hard labor, with credit for time served.

Cormier then agreed to more plea bargains, which allowed him to serve time in prison concurrently for burglary and armed robbery charges.

Cormier also has two recent charges pending in the district court.

Those include one for failing to comply with the sex offender registration requirements from October 2018 through January 2019. The other is for the rape and intimidation charges that Cormier now faces.

Cormier was arrested on March 6, 2020, for the September 2019 third-degree rape of his then 16-year-old niece and intimidation of the victim's mother. His bond was set at $50,000 for the first charge and $5,000 for the second, and he was able to bail out of jail the same day.

You can read the full article from The Advocate here.

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