BATON ROUGE- In a revised ruling, the First Circuit Court of Appeals announced a case involving a 20-year-old sentence that has never been served should be sent back to a district court for consideration.
The ruling deals with Stanley White of Ascension Parish. White pleaded guilty to killing an eleven-week-old baby in a crash on Airline Highway in 1994. Prosecutors said he had been drinking. But, White never had to report to prison to serve his two year sentence because of a mistake with paperwork.
White remained free for more than fifteen years before the issue was realized, White was called back to court and a judge in Ascension Parish suspended White's two year sentence and placed him on probation instead of making him serve time. The state appealed, arguing White should serve time in prison and the First Circuit Court of Appeals listened to arguments in January.
Last week, the court reversed the probation then froze its decision after finding what it described as an administrative error.