After ruling, court freezes its decision in White case
BATON ROUGE - The First Circuit Court of Appeals announced, hours after it ruled in a twenty-year-old sentencing case, it would freeze its decision and re-issue an opinion dealing with Stanley White of Ascension Parish.
The case involves White, who pleaded guilty to killing an eleven-week-old baby in a crash on Airline Highway in 1994. Prosecutors said he had been drinking. But, White never had to report to prison to serve his two year sentence because of a mistake with paperwork.
White remained free for more than fifteen years before the issue was realized, White was called back to court and a judge in Ascension Parish suspended White's two year sentence and placed him on probation instead of making him serve time. The state appealed, arguing White should serve time in prison and the First Circuit Court of Appeals listened to arguments in January.
Monday, the court reversed the probation and ordered the original sentence of twenty-four months in prison be reinstated. But, Tuesday, the court said it found an error in Monday's ruling and will have to re-issue the opinion.
An attorney for the Attorney Generals Office, who is handling the prosecution instead of the local district attorney, said there is no time frame on when a new ruling would be available.
White's attorney said he plans to appeal the ruling, should the court suggest White return to prison.
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