Man sentenced in negligent manslaughter case
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.
CASSIDY L. STINTON