A 19-year-old accused of killing a toddler pleaded guilty in court this afternoon to misdemeanor underaged driving while under the influence and hit and run.
Kevin Theriot was sentenced to six months in jail but was reduced to 200 hours of community service, and he must also attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) panel discussion. The judge has also ordered him to attend driving as well as drug and alcohol classes. He must also pay a $500 fine plus court costs.
Theriot was charged with vehicular homicide but that charge was thrown out after the state police investigation determined it was an accident and had nothing to do with the alcohol in his system. Bossier parish district attorney Schulyer Marvin said there were two witnesses who said they to would have hit the child had they been traveling in that lane.
Theriot hit and killed two and a half year old Nickolas Haynes on Highway 157 in Haughton back on July 22nd. This after the child somehow wandered out of the trailer where he was being babysat by his mothers roommate.
Diana Haynes, Nickolas' mother was also in court today for a status conference on her own charges of abuse against the little boy. Those abuse charges have nothing to do with the child's death.
Her co-defendant, Joseph Montelbano is set to go trial later this month on those same charges. Haynes is expected to testify against him.
Meanwhile, a civil judgement has been reached against Theriot and Diana Haynes.
Story by Tania Francois