One of two men accused of holding a family prisoner last year while robbing their home in Covington got another 70 years tacked on this week to what was already a life sentence.
Beau Ledoux, 21, of Covington, was already facing life in prison. On May 15, a jury found him guilty of five counts of aggravated kidnapping, four counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery. He was given a life sentence for the kidnapping charges, plus a total of 230 years in prison for the other crimes.
But Judge Martin Coady, of 22nd Judicial District Court, revised that to a life sentence plus 300 years on Thursday after deeming Ledoux a “career criminal” because of a prior conviction for possession of oxycodone.
Ledoux and another man broke into the River Oaks subdivision home of Covington orthopedic surgeon Mario Zelaya on May 4, 2013, and held the doctor’s wife, their 9-year-old son and three adult male family members at gunpoint for two hours while the pair demanded money.
Zelaya, who called the attackers cowards in a news conference prior to arrests in the case, said the intruders traumatized his family and shattered their sense of security.
The robbers stole jewelry, firearms and a small amount of cash, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, as well as Susana Zelaya’s late-model Mercedes-Benz, which they abandoned in Pearl River.
Ledoux is the third defendant in the case to be tried and sentenced. The fourth, 35-year-old Christopher Allo, of Abita Springs, is awaiting trial on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm. The Sheriff’s Office described Allo as the suspected mastermind of the robbery during the investigation last year.
The other masked intruder, 29-year-old Jonathan Hudson, of Slidell, went to trial on the same charges as Ledoux earlier this month, but he changed his plea to guilty during the trial. His charges were reduced to five counts of attempted aggravated kidnapping. He was sentenced by Coady to 50 years for each of those counts and 60 years for each count of armed robbery, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Ledoux’s younger brother, 18-year-old William Ledoux, pleaded guilty to four counts of simple robbery in May and was given a suspended seven-year sentence with five years of probation.
The District Attorney’s Office said William Ledoux was less involved in the crimes.
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