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Drunk driver's sentence reduced to 35 years

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago May 14, 2013 May 14, 2013 Tuesday, May 14 2013 May 14, 2013 9:13 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - A judge reduced the sentence today of Brett Gerald, the man who killed seven people in a drunken crash in East Baton Rouge Parish, in order to comply with a Supreme Court ruling.

Gerald received a 70-year sentence after pleading guilty back in March. Today Judge William Carmichael reduced that to 35 years without the benefit of probation or parole.

The resentencing came because of a Supreme Court ruling days after Gerald's sentencing. The court ruled prisoners must serve 85 percent of any vehicular homicide sentence. The judge reduced Gerald's sentence so the potential date of his release due to good behavior would match his original intention.

Gerald killed seven people in May 2012 after slamming into their vehicle head-on while the group was driving back from church. Investigators said Gerald told them he'd been drinking at a golf course, and registered twice the legal limit for blood alcohol content at the time of the crash. The crash was Gerald's fourth DWI.

News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have reaction from the courthouse starting at noon.

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