Judge delays ruling on ex-coach’s molestation conviction

Leslie Danielle DeWitt
Leslie Danielle DeWitt

Former Hancock High School assistant girls basketball coach Leslie Danielle DeWitt must wait until Thursday to learn if she will get a new trial or a reduced prison sentence after a jury last month found her guilty of molesting a student.

Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois was to issue his ruling Tuesday on a motion her attorney argued on Monday.

DeWitt has been convicted on two counts of touching a child for lustful purposes. The child was a student and a member of the basketball team.

Bourgeois imposed the maximum prison term of 30 years day for day at her Oct. 17 sentencing. A Hancock County jury found DeWitt not guilty on two counts of sexual battery.

Bourgeois re-set his ruling for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

He is presiding over a trial in Harrison County Circuit Court this week and DeWitt’s attorney, Jim Davis, has a trial in an adjacent courtroom.

Davis and Assistant District Attorney Alison Baker argued their views on the motion late Monday afternoon.

Dewitt, 34, is a wife and mother. Her husband, also a coach, waited with others for several hours to hear the ruling on Tuesday.