Jul 15, 2014 8:49 AM by AP
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.