- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - The attempted manslaughter conviction and 20-year sentence of a Sabine Parish man who shot his fiancé then himself while they were in a moving vehicle has been upheld by the state’s 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal.

Cory Leone was initially charged with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping in the July 2012 incident on U.S. Highway 171 south of Mansfield in DeSoto Parish.

The Times reported (https://bit.ly/RZT9Xx) a jury convicted Leone in May 2013 of shooting Breanna Pierce in the head after firing a gunshot through the front windshield during an argument as they drove home to Zwolle. Prosecutors charged Leone shot himself.

Both survived, but the shooting left Pierce blind in one eye.

Leone argued his sentence was too excessive.



In its ruling, the appellate court determined the evidence presented at trial was sufficient for a guilty verdict. The court ruled state District Judge Robert Burgess did not abuse his discretion in imposing the maximum sentence for the attempted manslaughter conviction.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com

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