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Decades-old case of homicide of infant lands in appeals court

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Stanley White, 1994 (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Stanley White, 1994 (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

Stanley White is the Donaldsonville man who pleaded guilty to the negligent homicide of 10-week-old Brittney Deville back in 1995. He was given two years but never served a day of that. The state filed a motion to have White report to prison, but Judge Jesse Leblanc ruled it was too late and instead put him on probation for two years.

On Tuesday his case was before the first circuit court of appeal.

In 1995, 19-year-old Stanley White was arrested after running into the back of a car that Rachael Deville was driving. Her 10-week-old daughter Brittney was killed in the crash. Now, 19 years later, she is still looking for some justice.

Lawyers for the Attorney General's office and Lawyers for Stanley White addressed the three judge panel. In the audience was the Brittney Deville's mother Rachael. "I feel good I mean I feel really happy about the arguments in there and we'll just wait till we get a decision, says Deville. "It's painful...I mean were making it through it. And we want to get justice. This is about justice for Brittany. It won't change our lives any but she deserves her justice."

But White's attorney has a different opinion. "I think the law is pretty clear on what Judge LeBlanc ruled in the district court," says Steven Moore. "I think that is the proper ruling. Hopefully the court of appeal will follow the Supreme Court and what Judge LeBlanc said.

The Supreme Court has ruled likewise of what Judge LeBlanc ruled. Stanley has been out 17 years has been a model citizen during this time. Where the state of Louisiana just failed to do their job. If anyone failed the victim's of this case it was the state of Louisiana after the case was over. Stanley has done everything asked of him by the court and will continue to do so."

Typically it takes the First Circuit a couple of months before they rule on cases like this one.

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