New Iberia man pleads guilty in woman's 2008 strangulation death



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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — A New Iberia man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2008 cold-case strangulation of 61-year-old Judy Blanchard Landry.

State District Judge Keith Comeaux on Tuesday sentenced 60-year-old Keith Overton Leleux to life in prison after he confessed to choking Landry until she passed out, then cinching zip ties around her neck until she died from asphyxiation.

First Assistant District Attorney Robert Vines tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1SAzLZm ) Leleux admitted to the crime after prosecutors decided against seeking the death penalty in the case.

Leleux was extradited to Iberia Parish in March from Missouri, where he was charged with a count of domestic abuse battery for allegedly choking his girlfriend. Vines says it was there that he made statements regarding his involvement in Landry's death.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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