- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

COUSHATTA, La. (AP) - A Red River Parish man will stay in prison longer following an appellate review of his conviction and sentence for seriously injuring his infant child.

District Judge Lewis Sams in March 2013 sentenced Dustin Price to 24 years in jail after a jury the previous year convicted him of second-degree cruelty to juveniles. The Times reported (https://bit.ly/1jZAtNy) that Price also was deemed to be a fourth-felony offender.

At trial, the jury heard testimony that Price’s 2-month-old son was treated for multiple injuries that indicated more than one episode of being shaken. A neurosurgeon testified the infant’s case was “unforgettable.”

Red River Parish District Attorney Julie Jones appealed Price’s sentence, arguing the judge erred in determining a sentence that was below the mandatory minimum required by law. Sams had concluded the sentencing requirements would be “constitutionally excessive.”

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal sided with Jones, affirming Price’s conviction and habitual offender adjudication and sending the case back to Sams for resentencing to a term no less than the mandatory 40 years.

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

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