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13-month sentence draws ire of teenage manslaughter victim's parents

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — A man who fatally shot a teenager in 2013 has been sentenced to 13 months in prison — a sentence that drew criticism from the dead teen's parents.

Twenty-one-year-old Seth Fontenot (FAHN'-teh-noh) had told police that he fired a gun at a truck occupied by three teens because he suspected they had tried to break into his truck. He was convicted of manslaughter in the death of 15-year-old Austin Rivault (RIH'-voh).

Judge Edward Rubin originally sentenced Fontenot to three years, but suspended all but 13 months of that. Prosecutors appealed, saying a sentence for a violent crime cannot be suspended.

On Thursday, Rubin formally sentenced Rubin to 13 months. The victim's father, Kevin Rivault, told The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1VBTxrU ) he would work to change state law to require minimum sentences in manslaughter cases.


Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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