Bayou Gauche fugitive held at gunpoint by local is sentenced

A Bayou Gauche man will serve 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer solicitation of a minor.

Kim Smith Jr., 29, earned consecutive sentences of five and seven years that are to be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension. He receives credit for time served.

Last year, Smith was apparently on the run from St. Charles Parish deputies when another Bayou Gauche man, Casey LeBlanc, recognized his face from reports Smith was a fugitive on social media.

At the time, Smith had just emerged from the woods behind LeBlanc’s residence, and LeBlanc had been keeping a watchful eye as he knew Smith had last been seen near there. With a loaded shotgun at his side, as well as a group of friends, LeBlanc warned Smith that his flight was over, and that he was to stay put, on his knees, until police arrive. Despite pleas by Smith to let him pass, LeBlanc held firm and Smith was arrested a short time later.

LeBlanc said he became apprehensive about the situation’s severity when he saw authorities in his yard and around his residence searching for Smith.

“All I know is I had him,” LeBlanc said. “And he wasn’t going to hurt my family. That’s all I know.”

Prior to Smith’s arrival, LeBlanc had helped with part of the search by bringing deputies with him in his airboat.

Smith is serving his sentence at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.

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