Raceland man to die in prison after raping children

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 23, 2019 - 10:11 pm

Jurors have convicted a man for raping a neighbor on his street in Raceland.

"Michael Lirette Sr., 66, sexually abused the pre-teen victim over a period of several years dating back over a decade ago," Lafourche District Attorney’s Spokesman David Melancon said in a news release.

He explained that during the trial, other victims testified that they too were victims of Michael Lirette’s sexual abuse.

"Their testimony helped establish Lirette’s lustful disposition towards children."

The D.A.'s office credited the now adult victim.

“The victim became the voice of her 8 year old self. Now, after a decade of living with the weight of her story, justice has been served,” said Assistant District Attorney Jason Chatagnier. “Justice may be delayed, but it won’t be denied.”

Judge Hugh Larose ordered that Lirette be taken into custody. Sentencing is scheduled for May 16th.

"Michael Lirette is facing a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence."


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