LA: Gerald J. Bordelon set to die by lethal injection
Thu Jan 7, 2010 11:25
Thursday, January 7, 2010 Condemned killer set to die by lethal injection By JAMES MINTON Advocate Baker - Zachary bureau Published: Jan 7, 2010 - Page: 1A
ANGOLA — Condemned killer Gerald J. Bordelon is facing his execution tonight with the “positive mindset” of a man who has a debt to pay, Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain said Wednesday.
Bordelon, 47, is scheduled to die by lethal injection between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. for the November 2002 strangulation of his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Courtney LeBlanc, after he kidnapped her from her Denham Springs home and forced her to commit a sex act in Mississippi.
If the execution is carried out, Bordelon will be the first Louisiana inmate put to death in modern times who rejected all appeals of his conviction and death sentence.
“His mindset is real positive. It’s kind of a troubling thing in a way, because he said he wants to go on and be executed because he might do it again if he got out or something,” Cain told reporters outside the prison’s death chamber Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s almost like he did a horrible, horrible thing, and he wants to pay for it — he wants to do it. There’s no denial in him at all. You can tell he wishes it didn’t happen, but it did,” Cain said. “He’s just waiting on the clock.”
Cain visited with Bordelon a few minutes before he spoke to reporters. He said he will meet with family members of Courtney LeBlanc today. Several relatives of the victim are scheduled to witness the execution.
Asked if Bordelon could stop the execution by changing his mind about appealing the 2006 conviction and death sentence handed down by a Livingston Parish jury, Cain replied, “There’s no turning back, it seems.”
When Cain visited his cell Tuesday night, Bordelon asked to make a phone call, the warden said.
“There was someone he wanted to call and get his business straight; to say he was sorry. So he did, and he gave those people some assurances they needed, and I thought it was a very honorable thing to do: without going on to eternity, or wherever he’s going, and leaving them wondering, ‘What?’ ” Cain said.
Cain said the phone call was not made to a member of Courtney LeBlanc’s family.
When he married Jennifer Kocke, the victim’s mother, in 2001, Bordelon was a twice-convicted sex offender on parole with a prohibition against having contact with minors.
The state Parole Board, however, modified the terms of Bordelon’s parole to allow unsupervised contact with minors as long as the parent or guardian knew of his sex crime history.
Bordelon was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1982 to sexual battery, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his 1990 conviction for forcible rape and two counts of aggravated crime against nature. He was paroled before serving the entire sentence.
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