Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 19, 2013

Va. man sentenced in fatal street racing wreck

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESILLE, Va. — A man convicted of participating in a street race wreck that killed another man will spend a year in prison.

Media outlets report that Thomas Appleton received a 10-year sentence Wednesday in Albemarle Circuit Court. Judge Cheryl Higgins then suspended nine years of the sentence.

Appleton also will lose his driver’s license for a year. Higgins says he must then petition the court for the license’s reinstatement.

Prosecutors say Appleton and 18-year-old Samuel Taylor were racing on Sept. 5, 2012, when their vehicles collided. Taylor’s car ran off the road, hit a stump, went airborne and crashed into a tree.

Appleton pleaded guilty in July to killing another while engaging in street racing.