- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A man who fatally shot a teenager in 2013 who was sentenced to 13 months in prison is due to be released Sunday after serving 10 months.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1qkjHmU ) that Seth Fontenot, 22, will be released from prison Sunday after serving 10 months for the shooting death of 15-year-old Austin Rivault. His sentence drew criticism from Rivault’s parents.

Fontenot told police he fired a gun at a truck occupied by three teens because he suspected they had tried to break into his truck. He was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Rivault (RIH’-voh).

With good behavior and other factors in his favor, Fontenot is being released from the custody of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections almost three months shy of the full 13 months.

“My words today are at least one mama’s getting her son back,” said Rivault’s mother, Renee Rivault, said. “I hope he (Fontenot) does well. I hope he doesn’t blow it.”

Fontenot will be released from the LaSalle Correctional Center.

State District Judge Ed Rubin sentenced Fontenot to 13 months, which is at the lower end of manslaughter’s zero-to-40-year sentencing range.

Fontenot’s release comes a lot sooner than it could have been. His trial on first-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence, ended up delivering a manslaughter conviction.

Fontenot was an 18-year-old freshman studying accounting at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at the time of the shooting.

Fontenot’s release Sunday isn’t the end of his legal problems.

He also faces two felony drug counts he was charged with during the Rivault investigation. Fontenot was charged after an investigation by UL-Lafayette police, who alleged that Fontenot sold drugs to other students.


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

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