A Marrero man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday (May 16), after admitting he stabbed two of his young sons and attacked his wife because he was angry over the impending break-up of their marriage.
Kenny L. Dupre, 32, pleaded guilty as charged to two counts of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the June 26, 2015, crimes at his home in the 1500 block of Stella Place.
He admitted he cut his 7-year-old son in the neck as the boy slept, causing a superficial injury, and then stabbed his 13-year-old son nine times as he attempted to protect his little brother.
Dupre also admitted he attacked his wife and then broke into another home as he attempted to elude Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Judge Adrian Adams of the 24th Judicial District Court, in accepting the plea deal, sentenced Dupre to 25 years in prison for each of the attempted murder counts, five years for domestic abuse aggravated assault and six years for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
Dupre additionally pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and domestic abuse battery, for which he was sentenced to six months on each offense.
Judge Adams ran the sentences concurrently, for a total of 25 years. Dupre was scheduled to stand trial on the charges this week.
According to witnesses, Dupre and his wife were involved in an argument, during which she said their marriage would end. He acted out, drinking bleach before leaving the home. He returned hours later about 3 a.m., asserting that if he couldn’t have his wife, no one could.
His wife attempted to leave the home in her car, but he had slashed the tires. He then threw a rock through the windshield, leading her to run down the street.
Dupre then went back into the home, where his mother-in-law was with the couple’s three sons. Dupre went to a second-floor bedroom where the boys were and cut the 7-year-old boy. The older son jumped onto his brother to shield him from their father, leading to his receiving nine stab wounds, one of which lacerated his liver.
Sheriff’s deputies, meanwhile, responding to the wife’s 911 call, arrived at the home and saw Dupre looking through a second-floor window, according to the arrest report. Deputies heard screams from within the house, leading them to force their way inside through the locked front door.
Their grandmother told the deputies that Dupre was stabbing the children, and the officers found one of the boys standing at the top of the stairs, bleeding, according to the arrest report. The third son was not harmed.
Dupre jumped out of a second-floor window and ran to a home in the 1600 block of Lisa Drive, where he set his bloody shirt on fire in a utility room before entering the house, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The residents of that home alerted deputies. Inside, Dupre retreated to a bathroom with a knife and cut his arms, causing superficial wounds. Deputies used a canine to apprehend Dupre.
Assistant District Attorneys Rachel Africk and Seth Shute prosecuted the case.