May 15, 2013 10:17 AM by AP
A state district judge has resentenced a Greensburg man who pleaded guilty to killing seven people in a head-on collision last year.
Judge William G. Carmichael said the new sentence - 35 years instead of 70 - will result in approximately the same prison release dates for Brett G. Gerald as those in the original sentence.
Carmichael sentenced Gerald in March to serve seven consecutive 10-year sentences, specifying that five years of each 10-year sentence, or a total of 35 years.
The Advocate reports the state Supreme Court ruled that vehicular homicide is the type of violent crime for which state law requires a defendant to serve at least 85 percent of a sentence.
Carmichael resentenced Gerald on Tuesday to five years on each of the seven counts.