Hit And Run Driver Sentenced

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

October 4, 2005

The sentencing in the case of a Rt. 29 hit-and-run driver occurred today. Brandon Shifflett heard his fate in a Charlottesville City courtroom. He will spend 9 months behind bars, but the judge said it could have been much worse.

Schifflett was sentenced on two separate counts including misdemeanor hit and run and misdemeanor street racing. The sentence stems from an incident on March 18 when Shifflett struck and nearly killed a pedestrian crossing Route 29 South near Colonial Auto Center.

Shifflett fled the scene and went home, but later returned to the scene after being confronted by his mother. Commonwealth Attorney Jim Camblos said he felt the punishment fit the crime.

"I think the sentence that Judge Hogshire handed down today was very appropriate given all the circumstances of this case. The Commonwealth is pleased with that sentence," said Camblos.

Shifflett will serve nine months in jail and two years on probation, an outcome that could have been much more serious if the victim had died.

As part of the plea agreement, Shifflett will also pay restitution to the victim after his jail term is completed. The amount of restitution will be determined at a later time.

This was the second plea agreement in this case. The first one was thrown out by the previous judge.

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