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Former St. Landry Priest Michael Guidry released on bond into house arrest

Former St. Landry Priest Michael Guidry sentenced to 10 years in prison
Posted at 1:37 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 14:59:43-04

OPELOUAS, La. — Convicted St. Landry Parish priest Michael Guidry has been released on bond Friday from the parish jail.

According to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, Guidry, 77, was released on bond from 27th Judicial District Judge Alonzo Harris after being transferred to the St. Landry Parish Jail where he was awaiting a sentencing hearing.

According to court records, Guidry's defense counsel, Jane Hogan, requested an emergency appeal hearing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidry's attorney appeared before the court through video conferencing and waived her defendant's appearance. Guidry's defense then submitted an emergency motion for bail, which the court granted and set at $10,000 over objections from state prosecutors.

The court set certain conditions of Guidry's bond including that he not make contact with his victim and that he be fitted with an ankle monitor and be placed on house arrest.

Guidry will remain out on bond pending a decision from the Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles.

In April 2019, Guidry was sentenced to 10 years in prison for child molestation, with three years suspended.

Last June, Guidry was transferred into the Dixon Correctional Facility in Jackson.

In September, a judge denied a motion for sentence reconsideration for Guidry.

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