Sentence handed down to man charged in crash that killed Councilman Buddy Amoroso; new charge filed

Man sentenced in death of Buddy Amoroso

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The man accused of hitting and killing former East Baton Rouge Councilman Buddy Amoroso learned his fate Thursday.

Nicholas Alexander, 21, of Lafayette, was sentenced to 90 days, with all but 15 suspended and credit for time served, when he appeared at the West Feliciana Parish Courthouse in St. Francisville. Alexander had served three days in jail when he was arrested, so he has 12 left to serve. Those days are also subject to credit for good time.

Amoroso’s friend, Thomas Clement, was badly injured in the crash.

Alexander was also put on two years active probation, is required to take a driver’s education course, must get his GED, and cannot have contact with either family.

District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla also filed a new charge for negligent injury.

Alexander pleaded no contest to that charge and will be sentenced on January 24, which is the same day he has to report to jail to serve the 12 days for reckless operation.

Nicholas Alexander (Source: West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office)
Nicholas Alexander (Source: West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office)

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Alexander was initially charged in the June 30 crash with negligent homicide, but a West Feliciana Parish grand jury failed to indict him on that charge. He was, instead, officially charged in September with reckless operation in the crash that killed Amoroso, 61.

Amoroso and Clement, 71, of St. Gabriel, were hit by Alexander’s SUV while riding a bicycle along LA 66, west of LA 61 in St. Francisville.

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