It was a difficult day for two families in Albemarle County Wednesday. A man learned he will spend the next year behind bars for a deadly racing crash.
In Albemarle Circuit Court, a judge sentenced Thomas Appleton to 10 years in jail with all but one year suspended. Appleton pleaded guilty to racing resulting in death in July after the crash that killed 18-year old Samuel Taylor. The deadly crash happened along Garth Road in September 2012.
Taylor's mother gave an emotional statement in court Wednesday. She said the loss of her son is so painful it cannot be put into words. Appleton also addressed the court, saying he has learned from the incident and wishes it would have never happened.
Both the prosecution and the defense recommended Appleton serve no more than the mandatory one-year sentence.
"The simple fact is if I had recommended 20 years for him to serve it doesn't bring Sam back. There's nothing that I can do that's going to help restore Sam's life and restore the grief that this family has," said Jon Zug, assistant commonwealth's attorney.
Taylor's mother said it was an emotional day as she and her family walked out of court. Appleton's family did not want to speak with us.
Once Appleton is released from jail he will be on 10 years good behavior and will not be allowed to have any contact with the Taylor family.
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