Attorneys are trying to work out a plea deal in Seth Fontenot’s drug distribution case, which stemmed from evidence gathered in 2013 during the unrelated homicide investigation into the Lafayette man’s shooting of a 15-year-old.
Fontenot, who is serving a 13-month sentence for manslaughter in Austin Rivault’s shooting death, also faces two counts of drug distribution charges for allegedly selling his own prescribed Adderall.
A Thursday hearing in the drug case was continued because Fontenot’s attorney, Tommy Guilbeau, and Assistant District Attorney Richard Weimer are “presently engaged in a good faith attempt to plea bargain this case,” according to a motion Guilbeau filed on Tuesday.
Fontenot’s court date is rescheduled for Feb. 18.
Weimer lodged the drug charges against Fontenot in November 2013, nine months after Rivault was killed and two other teens were injured when Fontenot fired three bullets into a truck he believed carried thieves who tried to burglarize his truck.
Fontenot testified during trial that he woke up about 1:45 a.m. Feb. 10, 2013, startled by what sounded like the “popping” of door handles on his locked Chevrolet Avalanche. Fontenot said he jumped out of bed, went outside and fired three shots from his 9 mm Beretta into the truck.
Rivault was shot in the head and died in the backseat. The 15-year-old driver, Cole Kelley, was shot in the leg, and passenger William Bellamy was hit by a bullet in the back of his neck.
Kelley and Bellamy testified during trial that they were dropping Rivault off at his home a few doors down from Fontenot’s house on Green Meadow Road and had no idea why someone in his underwear was firing at them.
Fontenot said someone had burglarized his truck once before and attempted to burglarize it another time, also saying someone stole his mother’s purse from her vehicle in the driveway.
J.N. Prather Jr., the Lafayette Parish assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, has asked the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal to review Fontenot’s 13-month sentence in the killing, calling it “illegal and illegally lenient.”
Fontenot originally faced first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges in the case.