AMITE, LA (WAFB) - A news website reports a man convicted of killing three Southeastern Louisiana University students and injuring two others in a drunk driving crash has applied for early release from prison.
According to ActionNews17, Derek Quebedeaux's application will go before a judge on April 2. Quebedeaux pleaded guilty in November 2010 to three counts of vehicular homicide and five counts of felony hit and run. In February 2011, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison, meaning he has only served a little over two years.
According to the Hammond Police Department, Quebedeaux ran into a group of students walking along the side of the road in March 2009. The three people who died in the wreck were identified as Maxime Profit, 23, of Vaires Sur Marne, France; Beth Boudreaux, 19, of Husser, Louisiana; and Thurman "Rion" Lowe, III, 24, of Kenner. The injured students were identified as Nadine Steward of England and Maja Bradonjic of Belgrade, Serbia. Steward was 18 and Bradonjic was 24 at the time of the crash.
The report indicates Judge Douglas Hughes told Quebedeaux at the sentencing hearing that three years of the punishment would have to be served without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Quebedeaux has been serving his time at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite. According to the report, sources said Quebedeaux has been a "model prisoner."
ActionNews17 stated Quebedeaux's attorney argues in the "uniform application for post-conviction relief" that his client's confession was acquired without a warrant and left him without any other option but to plead guilty to the charges. The report added Quebedeaux is asking for credit for time served while under house arrest.
According to the report, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux disagrees with the claims and arguments in the application. It stated he described the motion as "baseless."