BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Family members waited five years to learn the punishment for the man considered responsible for a "road rage" crash that killed five people. After several delays, they finally have the justice they had been seeking.
David Leger, 34, of Palmetto, was sentenced by Judge Chip Moore on Wednesday, August 31 to eight years in prison.
Leger was convicted in 2014 for driving drunk and killing five people in a fiery crash on I-10 in 2011. He got to walk free after his conviction in July 2014 due to legal issues and calls for a retrial. In April 2016, Moore denied the motion for a new trial, but Leger's sentencing was delayed again.
The delays started, however, in August 2015 when Leger fired attorney Tommy Damico after the trial and hired Jim Boren. Judge Trudy White presided over the trial but recused herself after Boren claimed she was rushing to get through sentencing to focus on her re-election.
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The crash happened on I-10 East between Highland Road and Manchac Bayou on March 13, 2011. The crash was the result of a road rage incident between Leger and another woman, Kelsye Hall.
Authorities said Leger was intoxicated when he and another driver chased one another down the interstate. Leger clipped that car, lost control, crossed the median, and hit another car head-on. His blood alcohol concentration was 0.1, which is over the legal limit of 0.08.
The victims were Liz Fontenot, 29; Kimberly Stagg, 19; Keagan Fontenot, 11; Hunter Johnson, 7; and Austin Fontenot, 3.
Louisiana State Police reported Hall was driving a sport utility vehicle and Leger was driving a truck. Troopers said Hall was driving ahead of Leger on I-10 West and for some distance, they were both driving recklessly.
It is believed Leger tried to pass Hall, but she wouldn't let him. Investigators suspect Leger's truck clipped the front of Hall's SUV, which sent him across the median. Authorities said the truck collided head-on with the Acura the victims were riding in and the car burst into flames.
Hall was also convicted in the crash. She is currently on probation and parole supervision after serving her prison sentence. She was convicted in August 2013 of five counts of negligent homicide. She was sentenced in October 2013 to two years in prison for her role in the crash. She was released from prison on July 6, 2014. She is on probation until 2019.