ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — A man charged in a car crash which killed his 3-year-old daughter and injured an Asheville city worker has pleaded guilty.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/IeKxqB) a judge sentenced 38-year-old David Nathan Jones Tuesday to 21 months in prison and three years' supervised probation after his release. Jones also was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution to the family of his ex-wife and the mother of Madeline Jones, who died the day after the crash.
Jones could have faced up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor hit and run involving property damage, and driving with a license revoked. Judge Bill Coward said that, among the mitigating factors, he believed Jones was suffering from some sort of physical impairment when the wreck happened.
Faye Burner, the attorney for Jones, maintained her client suffered an epileptic seizure in the moments before the crash. Testing showed that Jones had had seizure medication in his system.
Police said Jones' car rear-ended another vehicle last December, sped through an intersection and went airborne over an embankment. Jones' car landed in a parking lot of the city's public works facility, where it struck Bobby Edwards and another city worker.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com