AMITE, La. - A Hammond man’s attempt to shorten his 12-year prison sentence for killing three Southeastern students and injuring two others during a drunk driving crash in 2009 failed Wednesday.
Derek Quebedeaux pled guilty to running over and killing Beth Boudreaux, Thurman “Rion” Lowe and Maxime Profit after a night out at a club. The group, which included two of Quebedeaux’s close friends, had been with him at the club and asked him to walk home with them, but he chose to drive instead. He was sentenced in 2011, but two years into his 12-year prison term, Quebedeaux asked a judge to give him credit for the year and a half he spent in home incarceration between his arrest and sentencing, which would shorten his time behind bars.
Victims’ family members were furious to be back at the courthouse for this case for an 11th time in two years.
"This just was putting salt in the wound that is hard to heal as it is," said Boudreaux’s grandmother, Joann Boudreaux.
Lowe’s grandmother, Joan Howes, said, “You think two years for killing three people is justice? I don't.”
"What he said was that he accepts the responsibility, then he wants to get out early,” said Boudreaux’s grandfather, “He's getting an education. My granddaughter. I'm sorry. I can't."
Twenty-first Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said, “For the members of this family that had to come back and re-live some of this to some extent, be here in court, having the anxiety of this coming to date, it was scheduled and rescheduled, that I think is what brought out the emotion for the DA’s office today.”
A judge turned down the request.
Quebedeaux’s attorney Michael Thiel said, “He is not an abstract monster in this case. He has feelings, he's human. But as any human, if you're incarcerated, you want to make sure that no stone is left unturned."
While victims’ family members are pleased, they’re still upset about coming back to this case.
Boudreaux’s cousin, Lindsey Prima, said, "I was friends with him before, he's not a bad person, but he made a terrible decision and in life, decisions have consequences. He could do a million and one good things in jail and that's not going to bring back Beth, it's not going to bring back Rion and it's not going to bring back Maxime."
Even though the judge said he didn't think he even had jurisdiction over this case to deny it, Quebedeaux's attorney says they will not be coming back to court for this case, ever again.
The family members of the victims also take issue with Quebedeaux serving his time in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. The State Department of Corrections says not every prisoner goes to a state penitentiary. They say the type of crime, length of sentence, as well as health issues, all play into that decision.