- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state judge has refused to reduce a Denham Springs man’s life prison term without parole in the 2013 heroin overdose death of his 19-year-old girlfriend.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1ttWuRK) Jarret McCasland’s lead attorney told District Judge Don Johnson Monday the sentence is “mind-boggling” as well as a cruel, unusual and excessive punishment for the 27-year-old man.

McCasland was unanimously convicted last fall of second-degree murder in the July 26, 2013, death of Flavia Cardenas.

Johnson sentenced McCasland in February.

Defense attorney Rodney Messina asked the judge to declare unconstitutional a rarely used provision of Louisiana’s second-degree murder statute that allows for a murder prosecution when someone is killed and the suspect is accused of distributing or dispensing an illegal drug that directly causes the recipient’s death.

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


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