Norco man pleads guilty in murder of parents

Published 6:25 am Thursday, January 12, 2023

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On January 11, 2023, 25-year-old Dakota Theriot of 35 Good Hope St. Norco, LA., pled guilty to two counts of First Degree Murder in connection with the shooting death of his parents, Keith and Elizabeth Theriot, both 50 years of age. Theriot was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Dupaty, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.

           On January 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 Theriot suffering from gunshot wounds inside the residence. Both victims were transported to an area hospital where they were both pronounced deceased. Prior to Keith Theriot succumbing to injuries sustained from gunfire, he made statements to deputies indicating that his son, Dakota Theriot, was the shooter. Detectives were able to obtain evidence corroborating the dying declaration of Keith Theriot. After an extensive manhunt, Theriot was later 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, Theriot was sentenced to life in prison without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on both counts.

Submitted by Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky L. Babin.