Endymion crash driver released from prison

Don Ames
July 21, 2018 - 5:18 am

The man who drove his truck into a crowd at the Endymion parade in 2017 was released from jail Friday after serving less than half his sentence.

Nielson Rizzuto served just 17 months of his 5-year-sentence. That five-year prison sentence was handed down on Jan. 12, 2018. One year was suspended and Rizzuto received credit for the 11 months he’d already spent in jail after the crash.

Rizzuto pleaded guilty to the felony counts in the crash that injured more than 30 people. His blood alcohol level registered at .232, almost 3 times the legal limit in Louisiana.

Rizzuto will serve one year of probation and attend Alcoholic Anonymous as well as Mothers Against Drunk Driving meetings.

Louisiana's "good time parole" rules allow an inmate to be released after serving half of their sentence if that inmate has a clean disciplinary record behind bars.

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