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Man sentenced in Burke County drag racing deaths

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 4:05 PM
Last updated Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 11:07 AM
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One of the men accused of causing the deaths of two people while drag racing in a Burke County residential area was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Michael D. Mathis, 40, pleaded guilty in Burke County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide. The charges rose to the felony level because Mathis was drag racing when he lost control of his vehicle and hit the victims, Assistant District Attorney Keith Johnson said.

KeShon Burdette, 15, and Kevin Johnson, 27, were killed Nov. 27, 2011. They were either watching the race or walking along the road when the crash occurred, the prosecutor said.

The second racer, Torrance L. Crumbley, 35, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide. His case is expected to be called in April.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/01/13 - 04:31 pm
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lowyers and judges get it right.

TK3
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TK3 02/01/13 - 05:03 pm
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Light sentence

Well that sends the wrong message. Kill two kids with your car and only get 15 years (even less on parole).

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nothin2show4it 02/01/13 - 06:50 pm
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Measure that agains't the man who got 5 years for murder in Martinez for the Belair Conference Center in Grovetown. Doesn't make any sense.

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GnipGnop 02/01/13 - 11:10 pm
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Better than...

5 years for shooting an innocent bystander...

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 02/02/13 - 01:59 am
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Well

He should have gotten 20 years just for being STUPID!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/02/13 - 08:50 am
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If the people killed were

If the people killed were voluntarily watching the racing, the sentence should be lighter, as they bear some responsibility for putting themselves in a dangerous position.

If they were just walking down the road, just the opposite; this dude should have gotten the max.

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