Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, sentenced to 25 years

Albert Lavigne, 40, pled guilty to two counts of second-degree kidnapping and was sentenced to 25 years.

On October 30, 2020,Albert Lavigne stopped his vehicle on McCarroll Road in Springfield when he noticed two 14-year-old girls walking down the street.

Lavigne showed a gun and forced the girls into his vehicle. While Lavigne was driving down Highway 22, one of the girls grabbed the steering wheel causing the vehicle to veer off the road and stop in a nearby yard.

The girls got out the vehicle and ran for help. Both the girls, and the defendant were taken to the hospital for injuries.

While searching the vehicle, law enforcement located a 9mm handgun on the driver’s floorboard.

Assistant District Attorney Brad J. Cascio prosecuted the case. “The quick thinking by these young women no doubt affected what could have been a terribly different outcome,” he said.“ Without the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office’s diligent follow up and investigation, a plea of this nature is not possible.”

Judge William Dykes handed down the sentence. The plea was accepted with the consent of the victims.  Also, under the law, Lavigne must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

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