Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Vehicular Homicide

Webster man gets 10 years, five suspended, five at hard labor

A Springhill resident, who pled guilty to driving while intoxicated and vehicular homicide will spend the next five years at hard labor in the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

Judge Ford Stinson, 26th Judicial District, sentenced Salil Tharyani, originally of Bombay India, to 10 years at hard labor. According to clerk's record, five years of the sentence was suspended; however, Tharyani will remain on active probation for five years after his release.

Tharyani was arrested Nov. 25, 2011 after the vehicle he was driving reportedly struck and killed Coty Hatfield, also of Springhill.

Bossier/Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said Tharyani's arrest was because of the work of Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd and his department, saying it was a complete and thorough investigation, and he is proud of the resolution obtained by assistant D.A. John "Jack" Montgomery.

"As a result of the investigation by Chief Lynd, Mr. Tharyani admitted he was the driver of the car," Marvin said. "He later recanted and denied being the driver. His denial caused unnecessary pain and suffering to the mother of the young man who was killed."






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