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Mar 20, 2013 8:55 AM by AP

High court reinstates Morehouse man's sentence

BASTROP, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has reinstated a 25-year sentence on a Morehouse Parish man involved in a 2008 vehicular homicide.

The News-Star reports Craig Oliphant was originally sentenced to 25 years of hard labor by state District Judge Robert Johnson in 2011.

Oliphant appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the sentence was excessive. The court ruled in favor of Oliphant's appeal and reduced the sentence to 15 years.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court reinstated the original sentence.

Oliphant was arrested Feb. 8, 2009, and initially charged with vehicular homicide and hit-and-run driving. The charge of leaving the scene of an accident was later dismissed.

Oliphant struck two pedestrians, Carvis Scott and Fredrick Matthews, both of Bastrop. Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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