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Angola warden looking into if killer's letter broke the rules

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ANGOLA- Prison authorities are investigating if convicted killer Brandon Scott Lavergne broke the State Penitentiary rules by sending a letter addressed to the "Acadiana community."

Lavergne's two-page doctrine asks for mercy for killing Mickey Shunick last year and another woman more than ten years ago. Shunick was last seen riding her bicycle from downtown Lafayette to her house when she vanished. Weeks later her bike was found in the Atchafalaya Basin and her body in St. Landry Parish.

"I ask the community to forgive me, and pray for me," Lavergne wrote. He said if people can not forgive him, "those without sin... cast the first stone."

In part of the handwritten letter, Lavergne calls Mickey by her real name, "over the course of this year I have had not one day where I did not think about Michaela. Her loss has weighed deeply on my soul."

At Angola, inmates are not allowed to communicate with victims or their families. There could be serious consequences if it the warden and his team decide Lavergne violated that rule.

Lavergne claims there is more to the story and writes that the truth will be revealed later.

The full letter showed-up on Lafayette media websites recently, Angola officials said they learned about the letter Friday morning.
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