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Driver in 'road rage' crash that killed 5 released from prison

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Kelsye Hall (Source: EBRSO) Kelsye Hall (Source: EBRSO)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A woman involved in a deadly 'road rage' crash that killed five people in 2011 has been released from jail and will be on probation until 2019.

Kelsye Hall, 26, of Baton Rouge was released from prison on July 6, 2014. She began her two year sentence on October 22, 2013.

The crash happened on I-10 East between Highland Road and Manchac Bayou on March 13, 2011. The five victims were all from Prairieville. Effie Fontenot, 29; Kimberly Stagg, 19; Keagan Fontenot, 11; Hunter Johnson, 7; and Austin Fontenot, 3 were killed in the crash.

Louisiana State Police reported Hall was driving a sport utility vehicle and 29-year-old David Leger of Palmetto, LA was driving a truck. Troopers said Hall was driving ahead of Leger on I-10 West and for some distance, they were both driving recklessly.

It is believed Leger tried to pass Hall, but she wouldn't let him. Investigators suspect Leger's truck clipped the front of Hall's SUV, which sent him across the median.

Authorities said the truck collided head-on with the Acura the victims were riding in and the car burst into flames.

Leger faces five counts of vehicular homicide. Investigators said Leger was drunk during the incident authorities described as road rage. His trial started Monday in Judge Trudy White's courtroom. It is expected to last all week.

Hall was convicted of five counts of negligent homicide in August 2013. She was sentenced in October 2013 to two years in prison for her role in the crash. Her original release date was August 3, 2014.

According to officials with the Department of Corrections, negligent homicide is not a crime of violence and is able to use good behavior for time served.

She received 30 days of credit for being a GED tutor while in prison at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Because she was sentenced to two years, she served one year in prison and another year will be served with parole supervision. She is under parole supervision until October 18, 2015.

Meanwhile, on three other negligent homicide counts, the judge ordered her to serve five years, but then suspended the five years and gave her five years of probation that ends July 6, 2019.

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