The Lafayette assistant district attorney who won a manslaughter conviction against Seth Fontenot has asked the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal to review District Judge Ed Rubin’s 13-month sentence for Seth Fontenot, who admitted to killing one teenager and wounding two others in a late-night incident outside Fontenot’s south Lafayette home in 2013.
Both The Daily Advertiser and The Advocate reported this week that ADA Jay Prather wants the appeals court to either vacate the sentence and order a second re-sentencing or to impose on its own a stiffer sentence. Manslaughter carries up to 40 years in prison under Louisiana law and Prather characterized Rubin’s sentence as a “miscarriage of justice” in a story today in The Advocate, which also reports that as of Wednesday Fontenot’s attorney, Tommy Guilbeau, had not yet filed a response to Prather’s appeal. Guilbeau told The Advertiser earlier this week that he’s certain the appeals court will reject Prather’s appeal.
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