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Seth Fontenot sentencing date set


A sentencing date has been set for Seth Fontenot, the Lafayette man convicted in March of manslaughter in the death of 15-year-old Austin Rivault in 2013.

Sentencing will take place at 10:30 a.m. on July 8 in Lafayette, according to J.N. Prather Jr., assistant district attorney.

Fontenot, 20, was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting death of Rivault and the shooting of two other teens.

But a jury in March found Fontenot guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated battery.

He still could face up to 40 years in prison, but avoided life in prison that comes with a first-degree murder conviction. Prosecutors took the death penalty off the table early in the case.

Fontenot testified that he heard someone trying to break into his truck outside his Lafayette home in the early morning hours of Feb. 20, 2013. His truck had been burglarized before, so he grabbed a gun and ran outside.

He said he fired one shot from his handgun at the driver’s side tire of the truck and fired two shots at the tailgate of the truck. The first shot hit the driver, Cole Kelley, in the ankle. Another shot hit William Bellamy in the neck and the third hit Rivault in the head, killing him.

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