1 day sentence for manslaughter challenged
BATON ROUGE (AP)— Another judge will have to decide the fate of a Hammond woman sentenced in 2013 to one day in jail for manslaughter. An appeals court ruled that the sentence was illegally lenient.
A Tangipahoa Parish jury deliberated for more than four hours Feb. 1, 2013, before convicting Shawn Gilmore of manslaughter in the stabbing death of her live-in boyfriend, Alvin Collier, on Nov. 26, 2010.
A three-judge panel of the state First Circuit Court of Appeal, in a split decision, ruled Monday that Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks abused her discretion in sentencing Gilmore to a single day in jail with credit for time served.
They ordered the case back to the trial court, where a new judge will resentence Gilmore.