Albemarle Co. Court Sentences Man for Fatal Street Racing Wreck

Dec. 19, 2013

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

On Wednesday, an Albemarle Circuit Court judge sentenced Thomas Appleton to 10-year behind bars, but then suspended nine years of the sentence.

Appleton also will lose his driver's license for a year. The court 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.

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