VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A man who killed his best friend in a DUI crash in Virginia Beach will spend time in jail, despite the wishes of the victim’s family.
Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said Thomas Walker, 33, of Virginia Beach will spend 12 months behind bars.
Walker pled guilty in April to involuntary manslaughter and DUI in a deadly 2012 crash that killed Ryan Matthew Ballard.
Pridgen said Walker was sentenced to five years with all suspended except 12 months on the involuntary manslaughter charge and 12 months on the DUI charge, to run concurrent.
Walker must also have good behavior for five years and undergo supervised probation with substance abuse and mental health treatment. His driver’s license was revoked and he must also pay a $250 fine.
According to Pridgen, Ballard’s family did not wish for Walker, who was Ballard’s best friend, to do jail time. The Commonwealth asked for a sentence within the state sentencing guidelines of 10 months to 2 years and 11 months.
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