Officials are trying to piece together how a convicted murderer was released. The 41-yr-old went to trial and was convicted of second degree murder, but somehow was released from prison.
In Michael Leblanc’s case, even though he had been through trial and convicted, he had not been sentenced yet. Regardless though, a second degree murder charge carries a mandatory life imprisonment sentence.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said it’s why detectives are now actively searching for Leblanc.
He was convicted in the homicide of Adoriji Wilson of Donaldsonville in 2014. Leblanc was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where he was imprisoned until 2017 when he was released to a neighboring parish sheriff’s office with a detainer.
During this investigation, detectives learned that Leblanc was sent to serve time in Catahoula Parish and later, to Madison Parish, where he was released from jail in May 2022.
Within the last 24 hours, Sheriff Webre said the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office received information that the convicted murderer released was recently seen in Donaldsonville.
“Leblanc is a violent offender and believed to be dangerous,” said Sheriff Webre. “Leblanc’s release is both concerning and frustrating. I’ve had a chance to talk with the victim’s family, who are equally concerned. Our office is actively doing everything we can to get Leblanc off the street.”
Anyone with information who can assist detectives is urged to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office anonymously at 225-621-4636 or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867) or submit a tip online anonymously. You must call Capital Region Crime Stoppers to receive a cash reward.