Man pleads to negligent homicide following Vacherie woman’s death

Published 12:10 am Saturday, March 16, 2019

CONVENT — Sentencing is scheduled in June for a man convicted of the negligent homicide of a 25-year-old Vacherie woman.

Cory Newton, 28, pleaded guilty Monday, stemming from a 2015 fatal crash in St. James Parish that claimed the life of Brittany Harris.

23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky L. Babin’s office prosecuted the case, led by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig.

Judge Jessie LeBlanc ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Newton faces up to 30 years in state prison.

According to Louisiana State Police, the crash occurred as Newton was traveling southbound on Louisiana 3125 approaching Louisiana 3213 in a Nissan Altima. At the time, Harris was traveling eastbound on Louisiana 3213 approaching Louisiana 3125 in a Dodge Charger.

Newton ignored a red light signal and proceeded through the intersection, where his vehicle struck the vehicle driven by Harris.

Following the collision, Newton’s vehicle came to rest along the side of Louisiana 3213. Harris’ vehicle struck a utility pole and came to rest along the side of Louisiana 3213.

Witnesses said Newton walked away from the scene immediately following the collision and was located shortly after by police and taken back.

Troopers detected a strong odor of alcohol on Newton, who submitted to a series of field sobriety wests, which he did poorly on, authorities said.

Newton also submitted to a chemical breath test, leading to his booking into St. James Parish Detention Center for multiple traffic violations, as well as vehicular homicide.

At the time of his arrest, Newton was listed with a Gramercy address. Following his sentencing, the district attorney’s office listed his address in Prairieville.

Police said Harris was unrestrained at the time of the crash and suffered fatal injuries as a result. Newton was properly restrained at the time of the crash and was uninjured.

Sentencing is tentatively set for June 10.