INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: killer released from jail
PORT ALLEN - After serving about one third of her three year sentence, the News 2 Investigative Unit has learned Victoria Gosserand has been released from the West Baton Rouge Parish Detention Center.
The Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System reports, "The reason for release is: Sentence Served." News 2 checked with the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail, and employees in the booking department confirmed to News 2 they no longer are detaining Victoria Gosserand. News 2 spent the day investigating to find out how this happened.
"She was given credit for time served for being in a facility and for being home incarcerated, and that was calculated to that time," Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres said.
Torres tallied up the time which showed Gosserand was eligible for release.
"The way the law reads whenever someone is sentenced whatever parish they are sentenced in, that sheriff has to calculate the time," Torres said.
Gosserand pleaded no contest to killing Terri Parker in March of 2012. She was sentenced to three years with credit for time served. Last year, people familiar with the case said it was likely she would serve half of the three year sentence. No one imagined she would serve about one third of it.
Gosserand killed Terri Parker as Gosserand drove drunk and crashed into the car she was riding in on Christmas Eve in 2009. Blood tests showed she was nearly four times over the legal limit. The crash badly injured driver, Kyle Riviere.
Last year, a News 2 investigation revealed Gosserand may be getting special treatment.
"It ain't about what you know, it's who you know," Parker's mother, Debra Cushionberry said.
From the moment the crash occurred there were questions about it. When first arrested in 2009, the Gosserand family posted a $100,000 property bond to get Victoria out of jail. In every other parish in the area, the Assessor's Office and Clerk's office must be open to process a property bond. That did not happen in Pointe Coupee Parish because of the Christmas Holiday.
Last year, our cameras rolled as Gosserand walked without handcuffs or shackles outside the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison on two separate occasions. Our investigation revealed, Gosserand was the only female prison trusty in a prison work program. The State Department of Corrections said work release is not available to females at the West Baton Rouge Parish Detention Center.
West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes at the time was not happy when News 2 questioned him about it.
"It's three years old and they still stirring the (expletive)," Cazes said.
He was also unhappy that someone tipped News 2 about Gosserand serving in work release.
"I've got a feeling I know who it is," Cazes said. "And I'll tell you now, after her time is done his service will not be needed anymore. He's a deputy, he's running his mouth works for me, hes got my car, got my uniform, burning my gas...was running his mouth in New Roads the day she plead guilty, and they called me and told me about it. Tell whoever your snitch is tell him he's got a job for a little bit longer, but I have the final say so your service is no longer needed."
Rob Marionneaux is representing Gosserand. He said she is very remorseful for her actions.
"Victoria understands she made a terrible mistake," Marionneaux said. "She prays for the family, has gotten her life together as much as she can in jail, and we hope with time the community can heal."
Marionneaux also said, if Parker's family is listening this is what she would tell them.
"It would be how sorry she is," Marionneaux said. "It would be she would hope this Christmas they wouldn't go through the emotional turmoil they will face every Christmas."
Gosserand will be on probation for the next two years. She will have to speak to high schools about the consequences of her actions. She also must have an ignition interlock device in her car.
News 2's Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto will have more on this developing story coming up at 5 and 6.
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