- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Third Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a 13-month sentence for the February 2013 shooting death of a 15-year-old Lafayette boy.

Last March a jury found Seth Fontenot guilty of manslaughter in the death of Austin Rivault. The district attorney’s office appealed his sentence, arguing that Fontenot used a gun while committing a felony and, therefore, the sentence was illegal and too lenient.

Fontenot’s attorney, Thomas Guilbeau, tells KLFY-TV (https://bit.ly/1UQSq7H) the sentence is legal and fits the crime.

Fontenot’s mother, Brooke Talbot, said while she’s relieved her son will be released in May she says her heart will always be with the Rivault family.

The appellate court’s decision was handed down Tuesday. It was unclear whether the district attorney planned to appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court.


Information from: KLFY-TV, https://klfy.com

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