Earlier this month Dakota Theriot, 25, of Norco pled guilty in Ascension Parish to two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his parents, Keith and Elizabeth Theriot.
On Jan. 26, 2019 the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a Gonzales residence after receiving a 911 call in which the caller appeared to be in distress. Upon arrival, deputies located Keith and Elizabeth suffering from gunshot wounds inside the residence. Both victims were transported to an area hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Prior to Keith succumbing to the gunfire injuries, Ascension Parish officials said he made statements to deputies indicating that his son, Dakota, was the shooter. Detectives were able to obtain evidence corroborating Keith’s dying declaration. After an extensive manhunt, Dakota was apprehended in Virginia and was subsequently extradited back to Louisiana where he was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.
Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, Dakota was sentenced to life in prison without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on both counts.
Theriot was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Dupaty. Presiding over the matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.