Man gets home incarceration over child's death
BATON ROUGE - Nearly 20 years after the crime was committed, Stanley White received a two-year house arrest sentence for the drunken driving death of two-month-old Brittney Deville.
White's home incarceration means he can only travel to work, church, or to and from his probation office. Any other travel needs prior approval.
Family members of the victim broke down in tears after the sentence, saying justice had not been served.
White pleaded guilty to killing Deville in a crash on Airline Highway in 1994. Prosecutors said he had been drinking. However, because of a paperwork error White never had to report to prison to serve his two-year sentence. He remained free for more than 15 years before the issue was realized and White was called back to court.
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, arguing White should serve time in prison and the First Circuit Court of Appeals listened to arguments in January.