Convicted killer avoids prison time
GONZALES - A family in Gonzales is demanding answers after a man convicted of killing their loved one nearly two decades ago didn't have to serve any of his prison sentence.
Stanley White plead guilty to negligent homicide in July of 1995 in the death of an 11-week-old baby. He was driving on Airline Highway when he smashed into the back of the car the family was riding in the year before.
Brittney DeVille, the 11-week-old baby, died a short while later. She had severe head trauma.
"They did brain scans and told us she didn't have any brain activity and there was nothing they could do," said her mother, Rachel DeVille. "She had just started smiling, and that was about it."
DeVille said time started to heal their tremendous loss, until they found out some horrifying news recently; White never served any prison time. They immediately began contacting prosecutors and state leaders to find out what was going on.
"I called the Department of Corrections with his DOC number," DeVille said. "They told me he had never entered into DOC."
News 2 has learned Stanley White appealed his sentence, and while he was appealing he was given a bond. The Attorney General's Office filed motions in court recently to have that appeal bond revoked, and another motion was filed to force White to serve his sentence.
'It's very unfortunate what happened to this family," said Kurt Wall with the Attorney General's Office. "Although the justice system may have let them down 17 years ago, we're hoping we're able to correct that."
News 2 went to White's last known address. A woman answered the door, and said she still receives his mail from time to time, but said he no longer lives there.
The Devilles hope justice comes for baby Brittney at the next court hearing scheduled for May 3.
"Be a responsible person, come forward and start serving your time," DeVille said. "Take responsibility for what you did."