Justice demands that a Donaldsonville man finally serve the two-year prison term imposed on him in late 1995 in an alcohol-related car crash near Gonzales that claimed the life of a 2-month-old baby in mid-1994, a state prosecutor said Tuesday.
“We feel like his sentence should be executed,” Kurt Wall, director of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office’s Criminal Division, said of Stanley White.
Wall said he knows of no applicable statute of limitations that would bar White from being ordered to serve his sentence.
The Attorney General’s Office filed a motion late last week asking a 23rd Judicial District Court judge to revoke White’s $50,000 appeal bond — which was granted in early 1996 — and order him to report to the Ascension Parish Jail. The 23rd Judicial District Court covers Ascension, St. James and Assumption parishes.
State District Judge Thomas Kliebert disqualified himself Monday from hearing the matter because he was the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office’s first assistant district attorney when White’s case was prosecuted, Wall said.
The matter has been randomly re-allotted to state District Judge Jessie LeBlanc. A hearing date has not been set in the case, Wall said.
The state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge affirmed White’s negligent homicide conviction and sentence in early 1997, but White — who pleaded guilty in mid-1995 — has never served his sentence.
The 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed a motion in 2011 to have White report to prison, and a judge ordered that he do so, but White never did.
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. Tony Bacala has said his office was never directed to make an arrest in the case. He said they are working to determine what can be done to resolve the situation.
The 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office turned the case over to the Attorney General’s Office in late March.
Wall, who said White has not been picked up because there are no outstanding warrants for his arrest, acknowledged that White has not committed any crimes since his 1995 guilty plea.
“However, we’re of the position that shouldn’t matter,” he said.
Wall said the mother of Brittany Deville, the baby killed in the crash, is understandably unhappy with the state of affairs.
“She is very upset that he has never had to serve his time for killing her baby,” he said.
Wall said he has no reason to believe that White’s failure to serve his sentence was intentional on the part of the criminal justice system.
“The only thing we’re focused on is doing our best to correct it, not to cast blame, and to establish justice for that family,” he said.
Wall said it is his hope that White will be served with a court notice to appear for a hearing.
According to Louisiana State Police, White — 19 at the time — rear-ended a car in which Brittany Deville and several others were riding in July 31, 1994, on Airline Highway near Gonzales. The infant was thrown from the car.
White’s blood-alcohol content was 0.09 percent. In 1994, a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent was presumptive evidence of drunken driving. Today, a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent is presumptive evidence of drunken driving. For those under 21, a reading of 0.02 percent is presumptive evidence of drunken driving.