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Family of seven killed in crash protest sentencing

3 years 3 months 22 minutes ago July 23, 2013 Jul 23, 2013 Tuesday, July 23 2013 July 23, 2013 9:56 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

CLINTON - Family members of seven people killed by a drunken driver in Slaughter rallied outside the Clinton courthouse today, where they will finally get to review a pre-sentence report for Brett Gerald.

The family members held signs claiming judicial racism on the part of the judge in the case. They said they were denied access to the report before Gerald was sentenced, while the district attorney said he didn't recall the family asking to see it when the opportunity came up in court.

Brett Gerald pleaded in December 2012 to killing seven people while driving drunk, a wreck that also resulted in his fourth DWI. Judge William Carmichael initially sentenced him to 70 years in jail, then reduced it to 35 years in accordance with a Supreme Court decision.

Gerald's attorney appealed that sentence, claiming it's excessive because Louisiana law favors running sentences for a single transaction crime concurrently rather than consecutively.

News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on the report tonight at 6 p.m.

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