- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An appeals court has let stand a Baton Rouge man’s manslaughter convictions and 80-year prison sentence for the AK-47 assault rifle slaying of a mother and son in 2009.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1hIkaWW ) a three-judge panel of the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal rejected Derrick George Gordy’s claim that 40-year-old Patricia Aldridge’s chilling 911 call should not have been played for the East Baton Rouge Parish jury that found him guilty in May 2012.

Gordy was charged in the deaths of Aldridge and 21-year-old Ronald Thacker Jr. outside their home.

“We are very pleased that the 1st Circuit has agreed with the state’s position as to the 911 call. This call was relevant and an important piece of information that the jury needed to hear,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Monday.

Gordy, who was 16 at the time of the killings, also argued to the appellate court that his consecutive 40-year prison terms are excessive and tantamount to a life sentence. Gordy is now 21.

Circuit Judges Randolph Parro, John Michael Guidry and Ernest Drake said Thursday they could not consider Gordy’s excessiveness claim because he never filed a written motion asking state District Judge Trudy White to reconsider the sentences she imposed in September 2012.

“The oral motion by the defense counsel did not voice any particular objection to the sentences,” Drake wrote for the panel. “Thus, the defendant’s failure to urge a claim of excessiveness or any other specific ground for reconsideration of the sentences by oral or written motion at the trial court level precludes our review of his claim of . excessiveness on appeal.”

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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