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La. high court lets 35-year sentence stand for fatal crash near Slaughter that killed 7


CLINTON, Louisiana — The Louisiana Supreme Court has let stand Brett Gerald's 35-year prison sentence in a 2012 alcohol-related crash near Slaughter that killed seven people.

Gerald pleaded in December 2012 to killing seven people while driving drunk, a wreck that also resulted in his fourth DWI. State District Judge William Carmichael sentenced him last July.

The Advocate reports ( ) the Supreme Court rejected Gerald's challenge to his sentence.

Gerald's pickup collided head-on with a car carrying seven people home from church services. The accident occurred May 30, 2012, on Louisiana Highway 67.

A state trooper who investigated the crash testified that an analysis of a blood sample taken at Lane Regional Medical Center showed Gerald's blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent.

In Louisiana, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered legally intoxicated.

Information from: The Advocate,

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