Man sen­tenced in neg­li­gent man­slaugh­ter case

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­ Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ vic­to­ri­adorstar and on Instagram @dorch­

CAM­BRIDGE — Bran­don Mel­ton, of East New Mar­ket, was sen­tenced to four years in prison with twoand-a-half years sus­pended for his role in the April 2015 crash that re­sulted in the death of 19-year-old Cas­sidy St­in­ton.

Mel­ton, 22, was found guilty of crim­i­nally neg­li­gent man­slaugh­ter by ve­hi­cle and driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cense in a bench trial on March 21.

He was sen­tenced to three years jail time with eighteen months sus­pended, five years of pro­ba­tion, 200 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and a $2,500 fine for the neg­li­gent man­slaugh­ter con­vic­tion. He was sen­tenced to one year jail time with the full term sus­pended, five years pro­ba­tion and a $500 fine for the sus­pended li­cense con­vic­tion. The sen­tences run con­sec­u­tive.

On April 14, 2015, St­in­ton, of Hur­lock, died from in­juries sus­tained af­ter a pickup truck, driven by Mel­ton, over­turned into a deep, wa­ter-filled ditch in the 5000-block of Reid Road. St­in­ton was one of six peo­ple in the pickup when it over­turned about 9:30 p.m., ac­cord­ing to Dorch­ester Sher­iff James W. Phillips Jr.

The sher­iff said deputies were dis­patched to Reid Road, about half­way be­tween Vi­enna and Rhodes­dale. Phillips said the pickup over­turned in a ditch that is two to three feet deep.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were un­able to de­ter­mine the speed of the ve­hi­cle im­me­di­ately prior to the crash due to a lack of skid marks on the wet road and other fac­tors. A Mary­land State Po­lice trooper with the MSP crash team tes­ti­fied that he be­lieved the on­board com­puter of the ve­hi­cle, which would have in­di­cated speed or brak­ing at­tempts, was com­pro­mised when the ve­hi­cle was pulled from the wa­ter-filled ditch.

Mel­ton was found not guilty of ve­hic­u­lar man­slaugh­ter, reck­less driv­ing and neg­li­gent driv­ing charges in the case. Charges of ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and driv­ing while im­paired by al­co­hol were dis­missed be­fore trial for a lack of ev­i­dence.


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