VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Police in Virginia Beach have issued an arrest warrant for a manslaughter defendant after he failed to appear in court twice.
On March 1, a jury found Cameron Paul Crockett, 23, guilty of involuntary manslaughter and recommended a prison sentence of five years.
The sentencing phase of the trial was set to begin the following Monday, but Crockett never showed up. He was then indicted for felony failure to appear. The arrest warrant was issued after he did not show up in court again on March 13.
In Dec. 2008, Crockett was behind the wheel when he hit a tree on Wolfsnare Road. His friend, John "Jack" Korte, was a passenger in the car and died at the scene.
Both alcohol and speed were factors in the accident.
Crockett was charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter, DUI and driving without a license. He was found guilty of the charges last year, but the jury could not agree on a sentence, resulting in a mistrial.
In Virginia, a recently passed bill allows for a new jury to be brought in for sentencing if the previous jury deadlocked on the decision.
If you have seen Cameron Paul Crockett, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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