GONZALES — Prosecutors say they plan to seek jail time for a Donaldsonville man sentenced to home incarceration for a 1994 alcohol-related crash that claimed an infant’s life after the dead child’s parents caught him at a local restaurant.
Kurt Wall, director of the state Attorney General’s Office Criminal Division, said the parents spotted Stanley White, 40, 503 Vatican Drive, in the IHOP on Siegen Lane, photographed him and reported him.
“We feel that some period of incarceration is necessary,” Wall said.
Judge Jessie LeBlanc, of the 23rd Judicial District, ordered Wall to make a recommendation on sanctions against White after a status conference Tuesday in Gonzales at which the allegations against White were aired, Wall said.
LeBlanc set a hearing for 9 a.m. March 16 before she rules, Wall said.
White had avoided his original two-year prison sentence for 19 years after his 1995 conviction on the reduced charge of negligent homicide in the death of Brittany Deville, of St. Amant. White, then 19, was involved in an alcohol-related crash on Airline Highway near Gonzales that killed the child.
Even after an appeals court affirmed the negligent homicide conviction in February 1997, White was never called to serve his time in prison in a still-unexplained oversight.
After the case came to light in recent years and cycled through court again and appeals, prosecutors and White’s defense attorney agreed in September that White would serve two years of home incarceration. His freedom was greatly limited, with a few exceptions, such as driving to work and church.
Rachel Deville, 47, the mother of Brittany, said she and her husband ran into White and his companion at the IHOP last month as the Devilles waited for a table and White was paying his bill.
“Like, I was in shock, at first, and then said, ‘It’s him,’ ” said Deville, who now lives in Gonzales. She said she photographed him with her phone and alerted authorities.
Wall said he has seen the photographs and said White does not dispute he was at the restaurant.
The chance run-in with White is another strange twist in the case for the Devilles. Shannon Deville, the father, first discovered several years ago that White had not served his jail sentence after he saw White at the plant where both men worked.
Deville questioned then how White, a convicted felon, received a critical access card to the facility.
Rachel Deville contends the visit to the Baton Rouge restaurant is a violation of White’s sentence and wants him to serve the full two-year prison sentence.
Steven Moore, White’s defense attorney, said there is question about the clarity of some aspects of the home incarceration terms.
“It is my contention he is not in violation of home incarceration the way it was being handled at that time,” Moore said.
He said his client remains very sorry for the loss of Brittany.
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