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.