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Lavergne in Angola after pleading guilty to murders

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LAFAYETTE - Brandon Scott Lavergne arrived at Angola state prison this afternoon, beginning his life sentence for murdering Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate.

Lavergne pleaded guilty this morning to both murders in exchange for the life sentence.  Prosecutors said inmates at the jail he had been booked into were prepared to testify he told them about killing Pate and Shunick.

Lavergne admitted in court documents he strangled Pate back in 1999 after a fight with her, and stabbed and shot Shunick after hitting her bike with his pickup on May 19.

The Lafayette Parish Coroner's Office released Shunick's autopsy results this afternoon after Lavergne's court appearance.  They said she died from a gunshot wound to the head, and several stab wounds were also contributing factors.

As part of the plea deal, Lavergne had to take authorities to where he'd dumped Shunick's body.  He said in court documents she had fought back, stabbing him repeatedly with his own knife, and he had been unable to completely bury her because of his wounds.

Pam Laborde with the Department of Corrections said they will determine at the prison whether he will be placed in solitary confinement or with the general population.

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