A Richmond, Virginia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a fatal, DUI-related hit-and-run that occurred in December near the John Marshall Courts Building.
Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley B. Cavedo sentenced Andre U. Vaughan to five years for his conviction on involuntary manslaughter, ten years with all ten suspended for felony hit-and-run charge, and twelve months with all but five days suspended for the DUI.
Vaughan has an extensive history of convictions involving domestic violence, but it was his lengthy history of substance and alcohol abuse which appears to have made the greatest impact in sentencing. Vaughan’s ex-wife was unaware of earlier convictions for driving offenses in Virginia, but did testify to Vaughan’s inability to overcome his addictions as he struggled with a life of alcohol and substance abuse.
Vaughan struck the victim, Bruce Lee Carter, near Clay 8th St in downtown Richmond VA and the incident was caught on closed-circuit TV from downtown cameras, which caught the moment of impact as Carter was sent sprawling ten feet. Vaughan initially fled the scene, but was soon spotted by police officers with a caved in windshield and damaged side mirror.
Vaughan was clearly intoxicated according to reports from officers called to the scene.
Vaughan pled guilty to all charges brought against him, including felony hit and run and involuntary manslaughter (fatal Richmond DUI).
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