Originally created 09/09/06

Wording change boosts sentence



A Superior Court judge has changed his sentence in the case of Mohammed Ali Behzadian, the doctor convicted of two misdemeanor charges in the wreck that killed 18-year-old Brandon Layton in 2003.

District Attorney Danny Craig said Friday afternoon that Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet corrected his sentence from "concurrent" to "consecutive."

This means the 60-year-old doctor will have to serve 24 months of probation instead of 12 months and pay a fine of $2,000 instead of $1,000.

Dr. Behzadian was sentenced Thursday.

Judge Overstreet said he meant for the sentences to be served consecutively, and the order to change the error was made Friday morning.

"It was a typographical (error), but we got it straightened out now," the judge said.

Last month, a jury acquitted Dr. Behzadian of the most serious charge he faced, first-degree vehicular homicide, which is a felony.

He was convicted on the second-degree vehicular homicide charge and a charge of driving the wrong way on a divided highway.

The maximum sentence for misdemeanor charges in Georgia is probation and/or 12 months in prison, and a $1,000 fine.

Dr. Behzadian was driving down the wrong side of River Watch Parkway when he crashed into Brandon's vehicle Feb. 28, 2003.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409 or jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.