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Man who killed three denied case review

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AMITE - A man who pleaded guilty to killing three pedestrians while driving drunk was denied case review by a judge.

Though he never appealed his conviction, Derek Quebedeaux, 25, asked for post-conviction relief of his 12-year sentence.

Police say Quebedeaux was driving drunk when he ran into a crowd of pedestrians and killed two SLU students and a former SLU football player. Two other pedestrians were injured. He was driving twice the legal limit.

A calm Quebedeaux approached the bench with his lawyer, Mike Thiel, who spoke for him. Thiel said his client accepts his sentence, but based on his rehabilitation efforts, asked for credit to be released early.

The credit would come from nearly two and a half years spent while under house arrest.

"Anyone can relate to the fact that someone in prison wants to diminish the time that they have to spend," said Thiel.

Family members of the three victims who died in the March, 2009 accident say Quebedeaux's sentence was light to begin with.

"He could do a million in things in jail, it's not going to bring back Beth, it's not goin to being back Ryan it's not going to being back Maxine," said Lindsey Prima. "As far as I'm concerned, he did something wrong, there's a consequence for that."

The judge hearing the plea quickly disposed of the motion. Quebedeaux, for now, will spend the remainder of his sentence at the Amite jail.



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