Appeals court: 20 years after deadly wreck, driver should do time
GONZALES- The Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday, a man should serve his two-year sentence for a wreck where a baby was killed in 1994.
Stanley White, who was 19 at the time of the wreck, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide a year after the crash. White smashed into the back of the DeVille's family car on Airline Highway. Prosecutors said he had been drinking. The wreck killed Brittney DeVille. She suffered severe head trauma.
"They did brain scans and told us she didn't have any brain activity and there was nothing they could do," her mother, Rachel DeVille, said in a previous interview with the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit. "She had just started smiling, and that was about it."
A mistake kept White from serving his sentence. Years later, in 2013, 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, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals listened to arguments in January.
Seven months later, the justices published their decision: White's original sentence was reinstated.
Family members told WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto, they are cautiously optimistic since White and his attorneys can still appeal this ruling.