Appeals court asked to review penalty in bedsore death
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state appeals court has been asked to review a Baton Rouge woman's 40-year sentence in the 2014 bedsore-related death of her elderly mother.
The Advocate reports an attorney for Joleslie Looney says the maximum allowed for manslaughter is cruel and unusual punishment and not justified.
Louisiana Appellate Project lawyer Bertha Hillman contends in documents filed at the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge that the lengthy prison term meted out by state District Judge Mike Erwin is excessive for a 57-year-old woman and is essentially a life sentence.
East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Allison Rutzen says the sentence is in line with the "ghastly condition" of 82-year-old Bessie Looney when she died and the pain and suffering she endured.