On Monday, November 18, a hearing was held in the Livingston Parish Courthouse in the case of Carol Lemay v. Emily Easley. I was there.
Easley is accused of a whole host of offenses in the death of motorcyclist Austin Huber this past February. The charges included:
Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Negligent Injury, Felony Hit and Run, Reckless Operation, Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign, Failure to Report a Crash, and Expired Vehicle Registration.
We learned that the only charges that would be filed against Emily Easley would be Negligent Homicide and two counts of Felony Hit and Run. Easley pleaded nolo contendre.
According to the Cornell Law School, in a criminal proceeding, a defendant may enter a plea of nolo contendere, in which the defendant does not accept or deny responsibility for the charges but agrees to accept punishment. The plea differs from a guilty plea because a “no contest” plea cannot be used against the defendant in another cause of action. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/nolo_contendere
The maximum penalty for Negligent Homicide is five years in prison or a $5,000 fine, or both. https://law.justia.com/codes/louisiana/2006/146/78409.html
Court will reconvene on January 27, 2020. At that time, the plaintiff, Carol Lemay, will address the Court and petition the judge for justice. I heard the attorney tell Lemay that judges rarely, if ever sentence defendants to the maximum.
MAC, once again, will be there.