Man sentenced to 7 years after DWI crash killed 1 child, injured 2 others

Man sentenced to 7 years after DWI crash killed 1 child, injured 2 others

NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - An Assumption Parish man is looking at up to seven years in prison for a deadly crash in 2014.

Brian Gilton, 27, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in July to one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of first degree vehicular negligent injuring.

On June 15, 2014, Gilton and three young boys were involved in a single-vehicle accident. Gilton, who was driving, and the children were thrown from the car. An 8-year-old died from his injuries, and the two others, 4 and 5-year-olds, were both injured.

Gilton was sentenced to seven years for vehicular homicide and three years for each count of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, all of which will run concurrently with credit for time served.

Gilton will have to serve three years without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He also has a fine of $2,000 and restitution in the amount of $10,000

After pleading guilty on July 20, Gilton's sentencing was deferred as the court conducted a pre-sentence investigation which accounted for several things including Gilton's remorse. However, the court found that:

"There is an undue risk that during the period of a suspended sentence or probation, that Gilton would commit another crime; that he is in need of correctional treatment or a custodial environment, which can be provided most effectively by his commitment to an institution and that anything less that the sentence to be imposed herein would deprecate the seriousness of the defendant's crime."

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