Gerald's attorney asking for further sentence reduction

CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - Brett Gerald's attorney Tommy D'Amico says he is appealing to reduce Gerald's sentence even further for a crash that killed seven people in May 2012.

D'Amico says that because one crash, or one criminal act, a concurrent sentence is more appropriate for Gerald.

Gerald pleaded guilty to seven counts of vehicular homicide in May.

Judge William Carmichael initially sentenced Gerald to 70 years behind bars but later reduced it to 35 years to comply with a supreme court ruling.

Victims' relatives say it's like pouring salt in their wounds.

"My family right now is basically trying to get through this. We want closure. We want to go ahead and start the healing process but it's kind of hard to do so with them constantly dragging us back and forth to court."

District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla says he plans to counter Gerald's appeal, while relatives head back to court Tuesday to review some of the documents used in the trial's sentencing phase.

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