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Gosserand plea deal accepted by victim's family

3 years ago March 13, 2012 Mar 13, 2012 Tuesday, March 13 2012 Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:37:29 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ

POINTE COUPEE - In Pointe Coupee Parish, a deal has been struck, that will likely end a high profile drunk driving case.

Victoria Gosserand pleaded no contest to killing Terry Parker in a crash 2 years ago.

The "no contest" plea means Victoria Gosserand accepts responsibility for the crash, but doesn't admit guilt. And it's Parker's family who agreed to the plea deal.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving victims advocate Brenda Sinclair worked with the family and told News 2, "They're looking for an end. This has been very traumatic for them for two years. And they are looking for something to happen."

Investigators say Gosserand's blood alcohol level was 4 times the legal limit the night of the crash.

Pleading "no contest" to negligent injury and vehicular homicide could mean Gosserand ends up serving up to 3 years in jail, then be on probation, and spend 2 years with an alcohol detector in her car.

Gosserand's attorney Lewis Unglesby believes the sentence gives his client the best chance at positive change saying, "It's going to give her a chance to go forward with her life and to earn the chances that really the victims have given her. Because they could have been much harsher."

There is currently a pre-sentencing investigation underway.

The sentencing hearing is set for June.

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