Gilton sentenced on one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of first degree vehicular negligent injuring

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

NAPOLOENVILLE – On Oct. 19, in the Assumption Parish courtroom of the Honorable Judge Thomas Kleibert, 27 year-old Brian K. Gilton, had sentences imposed relating to his guilty plea on one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of first degree vehicular negligent injuring on July 20, 2015.

The guilty plea stems from a June 15, 2014, single-vehicle accident in which Gilton was driving and he along with three young males were ejected. One died as a result of injuries sustained.

After pleading guilty on July 20, 2015, sentencing was deferred and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered and completed. The court took into account Gilton’s social history, numerous statements and character references and noted Gilton’s remorse. They did find, however, 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.”

Based on these finding and the request of 23rd Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, Gilton received the following sentences:

• Vehicular Homicide – committed to the Department of Corrections at hard labor for a period of seven years, three years without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence, with credit for time served, and a fine of $2,000 and restitution in the amount of $10,000

• First Degree Vehicular Negligent Injuring Count One – committed to the Department of Corrections at hard labor for a period of three years, with credit for time served and to run concurrently with the vehicular homicide sentence

• First Degree Vehicular Negligent Injuring Count Two: committed to the Department of Corrections at hard labor for a period of three years, with credit for time served and to run concurrently with the vehicular homicide sentence and the first count of first degree vehicular negligent injuring sentence