Torching wife’s Luling house will cost man $20K

His mother-in-law witnessed him set fire

A Kenner man was recently convicted of simple arson for setting fire to his wife’s Luling home.

Bruce Laborde, 54, of 3241 Continental Drive in Kenner, pleaded guilty to the charge of simple arson and was sentenced by Judge Timothy Marcel to serve a deferred sentence of seven years of prison time, with five years of active probation preceding. He has also been ordered to pay $20,000 of restitution damages to the victim, Robin Laborde of Luling.

Laborde was seen by his mother-in-law as he was leaving his wife’s Second Street Luling home in February, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“(The mother-in-law) stopped and asked him where he was going. He said he was ‘getting the hell out of there,’” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes said. “She went inside to call her daughter … she saw smoke coming from the house soon after.”

No one was in the residence at the time of the fire. Laborde must serve 60 days in parish prison with credit for time served; continue receiving mental health treatment and stay on all prescribed medication.

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