Braxton Leblanc May Be Required to Serve Longer Sentence

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District Attorney Mike Harson says, as it stands, Braxton Leblanc could be out of jail in seven years.

That's after he admitted in court that he killed three people, all passengers in a car that he was driving drunk.

Leblanc's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he flipped the vehicle near Broussard City Hall.

Teenagers Ian Brasseux, Brittani Head and Blake Broussard all died in the March 2006 accident. They were all passengers in a car driven by 20-year old-Braxton Leblanc.  

Earlier this year Leblanc plead guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide.  

This week State District Judge Herman Clause sentenced the New Iberia man to five years in prison for each count.  The sentence included a stipulation that at least one year on each count be served without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors filed a motion to reconsider that sentence.  They say Leblanc's blood alcohol level was .17 at the time of the accident.   Because that level was above .15, prosecutors argue that at least five years of each sentence has to be served without the possibility of parole.

They cite a state law indicating that fact.

Harson says the motion has nothing to do with requests from the victim's families or any other outside issues.  He says it's just a matter of matching what the state guarantees.

According to sentencing guidelines, Leblanc could have faced anywhere from 5 to 30 years for each count of vehicular homicide.

No court date has been set to reconsider the sentence.

Mike Steele

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