Convicted murderer apologizes, asks Acadiana community for forgiveness, prayers

Convicted murderer apologizes, asks Acadiana community for forgiveness, prayers
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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 6:45pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:06am

A letter written by Brandon Scott Lavergne from his prison cell has been released to the public. The letter was written on April 25, 2013 and is transcribed below.

To the Acadiana Community,

This is Brandon Scott Lavergne, before I go any further I want to say I am deeply sorry to everyone that I harmed in anyway through me selfishly not coming forward right away and causing everyone to search for Mickey for weeks. I feared no one would believe me and that I would be caught up in a witch hunt. My fears have become my reality.

I never expected any accolades by bringing Mickey home to Nancy and Tom. But I did expect understanding and consideration. My family and I were bashed, demonized, and ostracized not for what had actually happened, but for what people wanted to believe happened. I don’t expect people to believe me. But I do expect them to believe the truth, no matter what that truth is or how much they don’t want to hear it or believe it.

The one year anniversary of May 19th is upon us. As a parent I call on everyone to pray for Nancy and Tom, my own parents and my children who were deeply and irreversibly affected by May 19th. I hope this day makes everyone appreciate the blessings they have in their lives, but to also reach their hearts out to anyone you know that is hurting. Not just by this senseless situation but anyone who has suffered a terrible loss in the last year.

But I also ask the Acadiana Community to forgive me and pray for me. And those who cannot I ask them if they are without sin to cast the first stone.

I also ask the community to take another look at the events of May 19th and the summer of 1999 with an open mind and be willing to accept the truth no matter what that truth is.

It is my hope and prayer that in the coming months people will see who I really am and not the monster they were lead to believe. I will be the first to admit I made many mistakes. But the sum of those mistakes should not and does not define who I am as a man, father and son.

And finally over the course of this year I have had not one day where I did not think about Micheala. Her loss has weighed deeply on my soul. I wrote a letter to Nancy and Tom last year conveying my deep sorrow for this loss. And I extend the same apology to all her friends and family. She is gone and I can’t bring her back. It doesn’t matter the reason or the situation. Mickey is gone, I can’t change that. I know time will lessen the sting of that reality but the pain will remain. I am praying for you all and all I ask is for the same in return.

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