Judge shaves two years from Pleasant's prison time
PASCO, WA –A Franklin County judge Thursday sent a man to prison to serve another 14 years.
Three years ago, an appeals court overturned Delonde Pleasant's 25-year prison term on a legal technicality.
A jury last fall reconfirmed the original sentence.
Pleasant pleaded guilty in 2002 to manslaughter in the beating death of his girlfriend, Juanita Montelongo.
Her sister, Angel Montelongo sister read a statement in court before sentencing.
"You've broken many hearts and many tears have fallen, But the one thing you will not take is her spirit, our memories and the love we have for her. I hope God will find a way to keep you behind bars for life."
Pleasant, now 32, has served nine years of his sentence. He and his attorney asked the judge to cut the remaining time in half.
Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell reduced Pleasant's sentence by two years, noting that while in prison Pleasant has earned a high school diploma and completed anger management and chemical dependency classes.
However, the judge says "no length of time will be sufficient" to ease the pain of the Montelongo family.