NAPOLEONVILLE — A Napoleonville man was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role a 2014 crash that killed an 8-year-old boy and injured two other children after a state district judge found there was an “undue risk” the man would commit another crime, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Brian K. Gilton, 28, 400 Martin Luther King Blvd., who was driving the car carrying the children and was intoxicated, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular negligent injuring on July 20, according to court filings in Assumption Parish.
Tests found Gilton’s blood-alcohol content was 0.13 percent, said Charlotte Guedry, spokeswoman for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin.
A blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving by an adult.
Judge Thomas Kliebert Jr., of the 23rd Judicial District, handed down the sentence Monday after taking into account Gilton’s past, his character references and his remorse for the June 15, 2014, crash, prosecutors said.
Gilton was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala on La. 1 in Napoleonville near Howard Lane when the car went off the highway, hit a culvert and a utility pole and overturned.
None of the three children in the car were wearing their seat belts and all were thrown from the car, state troopers said at the time.
Jaeden Holliday, 8, of Napoleonville, was killed in the crash. Then 4- and 5-year-olds also in the car had minor injuries, troopers said. Gilton also was injured.
Holliday and the then-4-year-old were the children of Gilton’s girlfriend. The then-5-year-old is his son, troopers said at the time.
As a part of Gilton’s sentence, he was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay restitution of $10,000. Also, three years of his prison sentence must be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.