A Shreveport man who pleaded guilty in January to fatally injuring a 7-year-old girl riding a bicycle while he drove drunk learned his fate Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Caddo District Court.
Randy Earl Presentine, 47, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by Caddo District Judge Brady O’Callaghan. While given credit for time he already has served behind bars, he must serve at least three years without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He also was ordered to pay a fine of $2,000.
Presentine pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide Jan. 14, saying that while intoxicated he drove a car that struck 7-year old De’Asia Henderson who was riding her bicycle with her cousin on Youree Drive. The car in which Presentine and his wife traveled was found resting on its roof after the accident, and a crash chip in the vehicle indicated it was traveling at 60 mph just 5 seconds before the air bags deployed. Tests indicated Presentine had a blood-alcohol level of .12.
He will pay the minimum fine allowed by law. He had faced a fine of up to $15,000 and could have been sentenced to even more time in prison, since Louisiana law allows a term of up to 30 years.
Presentine pleaded without any sentencing range. The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation. He had conviction in 1996 for possession of crack cocaine and for driving while intoxicated, in 2007 for domestic abuse battery and disturbing the peace , in 2009 for possession of drug paraphernalia and in 2010 for misdemeanor theft.
Prosecutors were assistant district attorneys Senae D. Hall and Monique Y. Metoyer. Presentine was defended by Mary Harried.