CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - The man who pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing seven people in a crash wants the judge to reconsider his sentence.
A hearing on the motion for Brett Gerald is set for Tuesday morning. The 30-year-old from Greensburg was sentenced in March to 70 years in prison.
His attorney, Tommy D'Amico, has filed a motion asking the judge to consider Gerald's "extreme remorse for the harm that he caused, his lack of intent to cause harm and his positive value to his family and his community."
Judge William Carmichael ruled five years of each sentence must be served without the possibility of parole, Gerald must pay a $2,000 fine for each of the seven counts and enter a substance abuse program. He faced anywhere from five to 210 years in prison.
Gerald pleaded guilty in December to seven counts of vehicular homicide. The charges stem from a tragedy in Slaughter last May. Police said Gerald's blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit the night of the crash. Seven people were killed, six from the same family, as they returned home from church.
Grandmother Brenda Gaines was driving her daughter, Denise Gaines, and Denise's four children, Diamond Johnson, Jyran Johnson, Willie Gaines and Rogerick Johnson, Jr. Also in the vehicle was a fellow church member Angela Mosley.
The group killed in the crash was headed back to Baton Rouge from a bible study in Clinton. Brenda, Denise, Diamond, Jyran and Angela were all killed instantly in the crash. Willie Gaines was taken off life support June 3, 2012. His family decided to donate his organs. Rogerick Johnson, 13, was later taken off life support and also died.
Investigators believe Gerald was out celebrating his 30th birthday and was under the influence of alcohol. After testing his blood alcohol content, police said Gerald's BAC was .15g percent, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08g percent.