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Jul 15, 2014 8:49 AM by AP

19 years after fatal crash, man ordered to prison

A three-judge state appeals court panel has ordered a Donaldsonville man to serve his original two-year prison sentence from a July 1995 negligent homicide conviction in Ascension Parish. Monday's ruling overturning a district court ruling last year that had suspended the sentence.

The Advocate reports Stanley White pleaded guilty in July 1995 to the reduced charge following an alcohol-related crash near Gonzales that killed a 10-week-old St. Amant girl in mid-1994.

But even after an appeals court affirmed the negligent homicide conviction in February 1997, White never was called to serve his time in prison.

Writing for the 2-1 majority, Judge James E. Kuhn of the Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal said state Judge Jessie LeBlanc lacked the authority to modify White's sentence.


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