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Badon finds speaking sites hard to secure

Last Modified: Saturday, February 01, 2014 12:43 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Probation and parole officials said they are having difficulties finding locations for Devin Badon to speak, which is a condition of his probation.

Badon, 23, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in June 2012. Judge Kent Savoie ordered Badon to serve three years in prison and five years’ probation. As part of his probation, Badon is to speak to 30 organizations.

“I wanted him to go and share his story to other kids so they can understand the consequences of rash actions,” Savoie said.

Badon reportedly bought the bullets and drove another person to pick up the murder weapon that killed Stephin Bergeron on La. 27 on April 13, 2011.

The suspected gunman, David Fontenot, has not yet been brought to trial.

Jill Walker, a probation and parole officer, said her office had only found three places that would allow Badon to speak. In addition, she said death threats against him have made arranging speaking engagements difficult.

The death threats were through Facebook — including one that said Badon should be shot in the head, Walker said. Savoie said there have been calls asking where Badon would be speaking.

“We’re here because we’re concerned, not because Devin is concerned,” Savoie said.

Savoie told officials that he wanted them to continue to try to find safe places where Badon can speak.

“It is important to me that you do what I told you to do,” Savoie told Badon.

Badon said he is in fear of his life because of the threats.

Badon said the threats were posted to Christina Bergeron’s Facebook page, although not by her. Christina Bergeron, Stephin Bergeron’s mother, said they originated on another person’s Facebook page.

She said she discouraged others from making the threatening posts, telling them Badon would eventually bring about his own demise.

“I tell them to let him hang himself,” Christina Bergeron said. “He will.”

“I think (Badon) should (speak),” she said. “I think he should stand outside this court building and do it. I think he has an obligation to do it.”

Savoie asked Christina Bergeron if she had agreed to the plea deal and if she had at one point thanked him for the way he handled sentencing. “Yes,” she said.

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