Protesters demand an end to convicted killer's arrangement
PORT ALLEN- Dozens of people including family, friends and complete strangers gathered outside the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail to protest what they call special treatment for a convicted killer.
On two separate occasions, News 2 cameras captured Victoria Gosserand walking in plain clothes without handcuffs or shackles in West Baton Rouge Parish. We also found out of 500 inmates, she's the only woman in a prison work program.
"Where's Mike Cazes," a crowd of protesters yelled repeatedly.
"We feel this is the place where people with influence whose family members can come here because the deals are arranged ahead of time and they are close to home," Diane Whiddon said.
Whiddon's stepson was killed in drunk driving crash two years ago. The convicted killer is serving his time at the West Baton Rouge Parish Detention Center. Whiddon showed up today to support Terri Parker's family, a family she never met before.
"It's hard, very hard," Terri Parker's mother, Debra Cushionberry said.
Terri Parker was killed in 2009 moments before Christmas Eve when Victoria Gosserand smashed into the car she was in. Another man, Kyle Rivere was severely injured.
Protesters want answers and hope Gosserand's arrangement changes now.
"That beautiful smile on Terri's face can not be replaced," Classmate Crystal Polar said. "Victoria Gosserand took that away but today she will learn and until something is done, we will continue to protest and spread the word about what's going on in these small towns."
Sheriff Cazes did not return our request for a comment.