Sunday, May 20, 2012

Execution Files

Courtney LeBlanc
“Justice will be done”
by Robert A. Waters

A rampage of rape and murder ended on the evening of January 7, 2010, when Gerald Bordelon fell asleep and never woke up. His execution at Angola Prison in Louisiana ended the career of a vicious serial rapist and child-killer.

Bordelon’s first recorded sex offense took place in 1979, when he abducted and raped an 18-year-old girl in Baton Rouge. Committed to a mental institution, he gained his freedom in less than two years.

In 1982, he picked a woman up off the street and raped her. Tried and convicted, Bordelon received a sentence of 10 years in prison.

In the criminal justice system, ten years never means ten years. By 1990, Bordelon was out on parole. It didn’t take him long to abduct a 22-year-old East Baton Rouge woman. Forcing her into an abandoned building, he raped her. For this brutal crime, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

But since twenty years never means twenty years, the rapist was released on parole after less than ten.

In 2001, Bordelon met Jennifer Kocke online, and they soon married. Part of the attraction for Bordelon were Kocke’s two pretty daughters. Twelve-year-old Courtney LeBlanc had blonde hair and brown eyes, and Bordelon couldn’t wait to get his hands on her.

Although the State Parole Board informed Kocke that Bordelon was a twice-convicted sex predator, she allowed him to move in with her and her children. Soon the inevitable happened. Courtney and her sister informed their mom that their step-father had fondled them. Jennifer Bordelon belatedly separated from her husband.

On November 15, 2002, Bordelon drove by his wife’s Denham Springs mobile home. Seeing her car gone, he parked in a wooded area behind the house. The twice-paroled registered sex offender then entered the house through the back door.

Courtney was alone, sleeping on the sofa. Bordelon threatened her with a kitchen knife and abducted her. In his videotaped cofession eleven days later, he said, "I took Courtney and told her if she screamed or hollered or tried to get away, I was going to kill her."

He drove the frightened pre-teen into nearby Mississippi. There Bordelon forced Courtney to perform oral sex on him. Then he took her to Baton Rouge where he parked near the Amite River. At knife-point, the sex offender compelled the child to walk down a trail to the water. Bordelon strangled Courtney, but she fought back, biting him. His blood was later found on her shirt.

After hiding her body in the brush, he drove to his sister’s house and washed his clothes.

It didn’t take police long to connect Bordelon to the missing girl. Eleven days after the murder, he was caught. He confessed and led police to Courtney’s body.

In 2003, he briefly escaped from the Livingston Parish jail. Then he set his cell on fire.

In 2006, a jury convicted Bordelon of kidnapping, rape, and capital murder. A judge sentenced him to death.

In 2007, he waived his appeals. Bordelon said: “I’m not one of the guys who is going to say: ‘I’m not guilty.’ I am guilty. If someone did to my daughter or to anyone what I did to Courtney then in my opinion they deserve the death penalty. Why should I look at it any differently for myself?”

True to his word, he went to his death never having filed an appeal.

Bordelon's execution brought the anti-death penalty groups out of the woodwork. The ACLU asked Governor Bobby Jindal to stop the execution. Jindal turned them down, saying, “In Louisiana, as across this country, the death penalty is reserved for only the most heinous, the most violent, the most atrocious crimes. I think justice will be done...”

One anti-death penalty website claimed that “Bordelon’s death was the result of multiple, compounded perversions of our criminal justice system.” To most, however, his death seemed rather to be the inevitable result of his own brutal and perverted actions.

Gerald Bordelon suffered little during his final minutes. Unlike Courtney LeBlanc, he simply went to sleep and never woke up.

13 comments:

Beech 18 said...

Mr. Waters, please have Marylin contact her Uncle A B at 828 864 8727.

Leah said...

Mr. Waters,

Courtney was my niece. Thank you for telling her story. I live with the pain and loss everyday.

A mother's job is to protect their children from devils who walk among us.

Mark Haury said...

Mr. Waters, I too knew Court from a very young age. She was a precious child and will be forever missed by all who knew her.
What disgusted me about Bordelons execution were stories published in the Advocate by prison officials and others saying how brave he was to go to his death without filing appeals, and how this showed how truly remorseful he was... Bullshit! We all know what happens to child rapists in prison. If that monster had really wanted to atone for his crime he should have fought to stay alive then been savagely raped and beaten bloody every day for the rest of his demented, worthless life. Only then would justice have truly been served

Tori's Blog said...

why she let that fool in her house

Kelly Crabtree said...

I didn't know this gorgeous little girl personally...but live nearby! If you had read this article or knew anything about the case...she didn't let him in! He snuck in while she was asleep on the couch!

Courtney Bush said...

Courtney Michelle..I have thought about you often throughout the years. I miss you so much. If I coukd go back in time to relive some days I would gladly get stuck on your mom's roof again. Just two girls sitting on the roof gossiping like girls do. I miss you!
Courtney Lee Bush

Courtney Bush said...

I miss you Courtney Michelle. I wish we could turn back time and be sitting on your mom's roof gossiping like girls did even though I got stuck when trying to get down.

Kelley Morris said...

Tori was talking about the mother marrying him in the first place, it is all on her!

Bms said...

I think tori was referring to Courtney's mother for letting a convicted sexual predator move into her home with her and her two young daughters

Jerry Wilson said...

Just saw and read about this monster and the child's so-called mother. Can't believe the mother got off with no jail time. She was not only warned by the prison officials, she let this lowlife molest her daughters and still maintained a relationship with him which eventually led to her daughter's kidnapping, rape, murder and the dumping of her precious body like so much garbage. Jennifer was the epitome of what we know to be "trailer trash". She was responsible for her daughter's tragedy and should have been jailed and, upon her release, barred from any contact with children, including any future grandchildren. She probably can't even write other than routine email flirts.

Unknown said...

It's the first time I've heard about this (I live in the UK and I think I would of been about 16 at the time) I just want to send my love to you and friends and other family who were close to Courtney x

Unknown said...

It's the first time I've heard about this (I live in the UK and I think I would of been about 16 at the time) I just want to send my love to you and friends and other family who were close to Courtney x

Deb said...

I am discussted to learn that her mother met and married a man that had been found guilty of sexual assault on two different occasions. My father died when I was 11 years old and my mother never even dated after he died. And when I asked her why, she told me that she would never let another man into her house where she had a daughter. Because she said, you can never tell who could be trusted with young girls in the house. This mother who KNEW she was letting a sex offender iinto her house with young girls there! When I saw this story I was so angry I wanted the mother prosecuted! Her daughter Courtney and another sister were both molested before he killed Courtney. Shame on you Jennifer!!!! You deserve to be miserable for the rest of your life! You put your own wants above the security of your children! Shame shame!!!!!!!