HOUMA, La. - The driver who allegedly took a couple to an electrical substation in August in a fatal bid to steal copper wire pleaded guilty as charged Monday.
Donald Gautreaux, 59, 709 May St., Houma is believed to have driven Timothy Lewis, 34, and his girlfriend Tonya Naquin, 21, to the Entergy substation at 1701 Coteau Road one early morning to steal copper. Lewis was killed by an electric shock, police said, when he cut through a ground wire. Family said they believe he was committing the theft to feed his drug habit.
Gautreaux and Naquin were arrested a few days after Lewis' death. On Monday, Gautreaux was given a 10-year suspended sentence by Judge Timmy Ellender after pleading guilty to unauthorized entry, theft of $1,500 or more and simple criminal damage to property more than $500. He will also be required to pay $50,000 in restitution to Entergy, along with Naquin.
Naquin was also supposed to appear in court Monday, but did not show up. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest, said Assistant District Attorney Brad Doyle.