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Jun 28, 2012 12:03 PM by AP

Driver gets 3 years in DWI death

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - A 25-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to causing a fatal intersection collision while driving drunk on Dec. 23, 2009, in New Roads will have to serve a three-year prison term.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/N6oihw ) District Judge Alvin Batiste Jr. on Tuesday sentenced Victoria Gosserand of Ventress to five years in prison for her vehicular homicide conviction in the death of 23-year-old Terri Parker of New Roads.

That sentence will run concurrently with Gosserand's three-year sentence for a second conviction on a charge of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, Batiste ordered.

As part of a plea deal between prosecutors and the defense, the judge suspended two years of Gosserand's five-year vehicular homicide sentence for time she already served in an inpatient treatment center. During that treatment, she was required to wear an electronic monitoring device, court records state.

Assistant District Attorney Chad Aguillard said Wednesday that Gosserand would have to serve two years of supervised probation after she is released from prison and must have an ignition interlock device installed on any car she drives while on probation.

Prosecutors charged that Gosserand was driving drunk in 2009 when she ran a red light, crashing into another car and killing the driver, Parker.

Authorities previously reported that Gosserand's blood-alcohol content was 0.30 percent, or nearly four times the 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content which is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving in Louisiana.

The victim's relatives, who attended Gosserand's sentencing Tuesday, told the judge they agreed with Gosserand's plea deal, Aguillard said.

The judge ordered Gosserand to surrender within 72 hours at the West Baton Rouge Detention Center to begin serving her prison sentence.

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