BATON ROUGE, La. – A man who formerly served jail time for killing his daughter and leading law enforcement on a large manhunt in the 1980s, pleaded guilty Monday to threatening the life of former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Gerald Estrade entered the plea on the morning of his trial. He had been formally indicted for making the threats in January.
Estrade, who made the threats while a patient at the Baton Rouge General Behavioral Health Unit, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for the threat.
Court documents showed that it was alleged that Estrade told the chief of security at the hospital, and the Baton Rouge police chief, that if released, he would go to New Orleans, buy a gun and kill Mr. Letten.
Estrade said he wished to kill Letten after the former U.S. Attorney did not help him when he reached out to him from prison in 2005.
In the late 80’s, Estrade became infamous for reporting his young daughter as missing. Estrade said he had brought her to camp and dropped her off. Her body was later found in Mississippi and Estrade was charged in her death.