A man accused of vandalizing four Sulphur churches pleaded guilty in state district court Friday afternoon.
Daniel Wayne Duplechin, 37, pleaded guilty to four counts of simple
burglary of a religious building and admitted to a probation violation,
the deputy clerk of court confirmed.
Duplechin shattered statues at Sulphur churches Our Lady of Prompt
Succor and Our Lady of LaSalette in December 2012. He also vandalized
Henning Memorial United Methodist and Sulphur First Baptist churches. At
the time, Duplechin was on probation for a third-offense DWI, which he
pled guilty to in December 2012.
Duplechin will serve three years on the probation violation, with
credit for time served, the deputy clerk said. Judge Kent Savoie ordered
a pre-sentence investigation on the four burglary charges and set a
sentencing date of April 23.
During a sanity hearing in September, a court psychiatrist testified
that Duplechin said he took intravenous methamphetamine the day before
the incident. Duplechin also told the psychiatrist he saw an image if
the pope being hanged and believed he was being led by God.
Duplechin underwent a sanity commission last year, but was found
mentally competent to stand trial. Two court psychiatrists said
Duplechin suffered from bipolar disorder, exacerbated by substance