Where is Keith Laborde Now? Where is Karen and Sharon Sanders’ Cousin Today? – Vincent Simmons was only 25 years old when he was sentenced to 100 years in prison for allegedly rapping Karen and Sharon Sanders, 14-year-old twins, a crime he claims he did not do. Despite recently agreeing to withdraw the accusations against him and the alleged unusual involvement of Keith Laborde, Karen and Sharon Sanders feel he’s guilty, as examined in ‘48 Hours: Please Don’t Tell.’
So now you know everything there is to know about the latter, including the circumstances of his relationship with the sisters and his likely current whereabouts.
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Keith Laborde, Who is He?
Keith Laborde, an 18-year-old claimed Marine Corps lieutenant, was with Karen and Sharon Sanders, his first cousins, at the time of the alleged event on the evening of May 9, 1977. According to their reports, he was taking them home from his residence when he picked up a hitchhiker from 7-11, only for him to be pushed into the trunk of his vehicle at knifepoint.
Keith, like the girls, insisted their assailant was a Black male, whom they all later recognised as Vincent Simmons from a lineup when they went to the authorities two weeks later. However, one of their other cousins has since claimed that the trio lied during the investigation, which Keith personally told her at a pub long after Vincent’s conviction.
In a sworn declaration, Dana Brouillette revealed, “He informed me that he had consensual sex with one of the girls and locked the other in the trunk.” “He had gone down Little California Road and locked Sharon in the trunk, and he stated the sex between him and Karen was consensual,” she later explained. But the other one, he claimed, was a small hellcat… [She] scratched the back of his neck.”
Dana believes Keith, Karen, and Sharon made up a narrative about a Black man attacking them in order to justify the visible scratches and their overall appearance that night. Karen explained the situation in an interview with CBS, saying that while she did have consensual intercourse with Keith before the summer of 1977, it happened before that.
They “experimented” when she was a child, and he was a teenager, according to reports. But none of this has anything to do with Vincent’s actions. There have been two separate incidences. “Those are two different things,” she clarified.
In 1977, Vincent Simmons was sentenced to 100 years in prison.
Decades later, a newly minted lawyer helped get him released. https://t.co/0hJoS7qukV pic.twitter.com/OUL3YMIsp4
— 48 Hours (@48hours) May 20, 2022
What Happened to Keith Laborde and Where Is He Now?
According to ’48 Hours,’ Keith Laborde has categorically denied ever having intercourse with Karen, despite the (apparently unfounded) allegations against him. He told the crew that they simply “played about like children,” nothing more or less, adding that everything was voluntary.
In terms of his current status, the Louisiana native, who is in his 60s, tends to prefer to stay out of the spotlight these days because he allegedly has a family of his own. Keith is adamant that Vincent is guilty, which is why, when CNN approached him for an interview in 2020, he reportedly vented his rage through profanities, threats, and racist slurs thrown at him.
“This sh*t happened,” Keith concluded. It’s real. It took place. And I’m no longer coping with this. I’m not looking behind me anymore… “I’d had it with this nonsense.”