A Carencro man sentenced to prison Monday will serve at least three years on a vehicular homicide conviction in the 2012 death of 25-year-old Kelly Theriot.
Joey Fontenot, 23, was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor, but five years of the sentence were suspended and only three are to be served without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension, according to the Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court’s office.
The maximum sentence for a vehicular homicide conviction is 30 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
Fontenot pleaded guilty Jan. 20 to a count of vehicular homicide in the Nov. 3, 2012 crash, court records show.
Police have said Fontenot was stopped in the eastbound lane of Interstate 10 when Theriot, of St. Martinville, rear-ended him and later died from his injuries. Both men were driving pickup trucks: Fontenot was in a Ford F-350, and Theriot was driving a Chevrolet Colorado.
Fontenot’s blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit in the 2:40 a.m. crash.