Man gets two years of house arrest for killing baby
GONZALES- Defense lawyers and prosecutors for the State Attorney General's Office reached an agreement Thursday to have man convicted of killing a baby 20 years ago, pay for his crime.
A paperwork mistake let Stanley White live a free life when he was supposed to be incarcerated for two years for killing two month old Brittney Deville. The wreck happened on Airline Highway in Gonzales in July of 1994. White had been drinking at the time of the crash, but was below the legal limit for a DWI.
"Two years, house arrest," Rachel Deville, Brittney's mother said crying. "He still gets to do things he wants to do. He gets to go to work and church."
The family came to court wearing pins, bearing the picture of baby Brittney. When the case went to court nearly 20 years ago, White plead guilty. It was discovered in 2011, White didn't serve his sentence, when he got a job at a local plant. It happened to be the same plant where Brittney's father worked.
"When he got hired on at the place I work, right then and there I'm thinking that's not him," Shannon Deville said. "Can't be him. Guys a convicted felon. He went to jail for two years. Served his time...has a felony on his record."
However, it was Stanley White. When the Devilles started digging, they realized something went wrong.
"19 years ago, other agencies dropped the ball to some extent," Prosecutor Kurt Wall with the Attorney General's Office said. "We were trying to insure this defendant be held accountable in some way."
When asked if someone needed to be held accountable, White's attorney said no.
"I think someone just needs to look at the procedure that is in place so that this doesn't happen again," Steven Moore said.
In court, it was ordered that Stanley White wear an ankle monitor. He'll have to seek prior approval before he goes anywhere besides work or church.
"I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but when you think he is going to be confined to his home with only those exceptions, that is some accountability," Wall said.
Although the Deville family didn't agree with the deal, they have little comfort moving forward.
"The judge, district attorney, let this happen to them," Shannon Deville said. "See how they would feel."
This case went all the way up to the First Circuit Court of Appeal. It ruled that the District Court made an error in White's sentence and sent the case back to Gonzales. Today's re-sentencing ends the criminal case against Stanley White.