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New sentence law means July release for parade-crash driver

7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, July 05 2018 Jul 5, 2018 July 05, 2018 10:40 AM July 05, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man sentenced in January for drunkenly plowing his truck into a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade crowd is to be released later this month, despite a five-year sentence.

Authorities say Neilsen Rizzuto benefits from a 2017 Louisiana prison reform law. It allows release of well-behaved inmates who have served 35 percent of their sentences for crimes classified as non-violent. In January, Rizzuto was sentenced to five years with one year suspended for the crash that injured 32 people.

He also was given credit for nearly 11 months already served. New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's Office, citing information from state corrections officials, said Rizzuto's expected release date is July 20. Cannizzaro and some victims of the 2017 crash have been critical of what they deemed a lenient sentence.

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