Convicted killer in 1976 St. Martin Parish robbery wants to be released

Clutching a bag containing nearly $11,000 in cash, Preston Demouchet (left) flees the scene of a bank robbery that took the life of bank teller Beverly Chauffe. Following closely, gun clearly visible, is Jerry Francis, who is seeking parole under the “old timer law” for inmates who have served 20 years and reached the age of 45. Francis, who was 17 at the time, has been in prison for 38 years. (16th Judicial District Court)

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