- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Written legal arguments over the sentence of Seth Fontenot in the shooting death of Austin Rivault continue.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1CN4noO) District Judge Edward Rubin denied a request by Fontenot’s attorney to correct the sentence handed down July 8 in the manslaughter of Rivault.

Rubin is expected to resentence Fontenot Thursday. Fontenot was sentenced to three years at hard labor, then Rubin suspended all but 13 months of jail time.

District Attorney Keith Stutes and Fontenot’s attorney, Thomas Guilbeau, filed court documents Friday and Monday arguing their cases.

A jury convicted Fontenot March 25.

Prosecutors say the sentence was illegal. They argued that the judge cannot suspend the sentence of someone convicted of manslaughter because it is a crime of violence.


Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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