KK’s Corner killer granted parole, conditions released

Published: Feb. 8, 2023 at 3:39 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2023 at 9:22 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Thomas Frank Cisco, 54, the only person ever convicted in the 1997 KK’s Corner murders has been granted parole, according to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Cisco killed Marty LeBouef, Stacie Reeves and Nicole Guidry in July 1997. They were found in the cooler of KK’s Corner, a gas station at the intersection of La. 14 and Tom Hebert Road, where LeBouef and Reeves worked.

Cisco pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2010 and was sentenced to 90 years in prison. Cisco has served 24 and a half years, including time served before he pleaded guilty.

In the parole hearing, Cisco denied being the triggerman and affiliated his behavior to drug use.

“I did lots of drugs 24 years ago. I was strung out on drugs really bad and I just wasn’t myself,” Cisco said. ““I held the gun on them and watched while the shooter did what he did.”

Cisco was at one point found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. However, that conviction was appealed and thrown out.

“He is the one who told us exactly where the victims were sitting in that freezer and exactly where they were shot and exactly where they were found, so we knew he was in there,” Former Calcasieu District Attorney, Rick Bryant said. “We knew he committed that crime, and the jury agreed with us.”

Bryant said he is outraged by the board’s decision.

“And yet, the Attorney General who had the case refused to go forward prosecuting for the death penalty, and now, this Attorney General’s Office doesn’t even show up at the hearing,” Rick Bryant said. “That leaves the victim, law enforcement and everyone who busted their ass working on this case with this horrible outcome,” Bryant said.

The District Attorney’s Office said it was shocked to learn of the parole board’s decision.

“The District Attorney’s Office vehemently disagrees with this ruling and are disappointed that the parole board is allowing this violent criminal back into our society,” District Attorney Stephen Dwight said. “I am extremely disappointed that this killer, who committed such heinous crimes and was sentenced to 90 years, is being released on parole after serving only 27 years of his sentence.”

Dwight said the Attorney General didn’t stay true to his word.

“He pled guilty to these murders, and the citizens were assured he would spend the rest of his life in prison, and that didn’t happen,” Dwight said. “It’s unfortunate that it didn’t happen. I disagree with what the parole board did, but that’s what they decided to do, and I strongly disagree with it.”

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office expressed disappointment in the ruling.

“On October 13, 2022 - when notified by the District Attorney’s Office that Cisco was up for parole - our office contacted the Executive Director of the Parole Board to inform him of our opposition. Needless to say, we are disappointed in the decision today,” Criminal Division Director Leon Cannizzaro said.

Cisco’s parole conditions are as follows, according to the Louisiana Board of Pardons:

  • Curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Mental health evaluation in the first 7 days of release
  • Report weekly to parole officer for first 4 weeks
  • 8 hours of community service monthly beginning 8 months after release

The Calcasieu DA’s Office originally prosecuted the case, but it was replaced by the state Attorney General’s Office because of a legal technicality.

The District Attorney’s Office said the Attorney General’s Office was not in attendance at the hearing.

Cisco remains at Angola, but the DA’s Office said he could be released within a week.