Victim's family calls suspended sentence "sickening"
GONZALES - A man who pleaded guilty to killing a baby in a wreck nearly 20 years ago won't have to serve a day of his prison sentence, which the state never enforced.
That decision was issued by Judge Jessie LeBlanc in Ascension Parish today. In court, she ruled the state was negligent in forcing Stanley White to report to prison without delay. For nearly 20 years after the deadly wreck, White was never forced to go to prison. Leblanc ruled she would not make an error to offset another error.
White killed 11-week-old Brittney Deville in 1994 after he ran into the back of her family's car. He had been drinking the day of the crash, but was below the legal limit at the time of the wreck.
"It's nauseating," said Brittney's mother, Rachel Deville. "It makes me want to throw up, to sit there and say he has a bachelor's degree. My daughter didnt' even get to go to kindergarten. I know it's been a long time, but the man knew he plead guilty to it and he didn't take his responsibility."
In court, defense lawyers argued that the state did not execute the sentence in a timely fashion. They said White has held down jobs, received a college education and hasn't been arrested since the crash.
"Seventeen years ago nothing happened after the appeal," Defense attorney Steven Moore said. "That was an injustice. To try to put him in jail today after all the good things he's done, would be another injustice."
In court today News 2 learned White has a government-issued clearance card that allows him to work at an area plant. The TWIC cards are issued by the Transportation Security Administration. There are many guidelines that prevent certain convicted felons from receiving those cards.
News 2 checked with the Department of Homeland Security, and White met the guidelines to receive the card. The government only does background checks for seven years on most convictions.
The State Attorney General said it intends to appeal the judge's ruling.
"We think what's fair is someone who drinks, drives and kills a 10-week-old baby should do the time they were ordered to do," Assistant Attorney General Kurt Wall said.
Meanwhile, Deville is praying her daughter gets justice as attorneys appeal to higher courts.
"We can't even get crumbs of justice," Deville said. "It's sickening."
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