Commonwealth v. Cameron Paul Crockett; Jury Recommends Five Years for DUI Manslaughter of Friend; Defendant at Large

Monday, March 05, 2012

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Cameron Paul Crockett, 23 years old, previously residing in the 4400 block of Clyde Street in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury of involuntary manslaughter.    Circuit Court Judge Frederick B. Lowe presided over the five-day trial.  The jury recommended a sentence of five (5) years in prison.              

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the evening of December 28, 2008, the 20-year-old victim, Jack Korte, and Cameron Crockett planned to go to a party together in the Great Neck area of the City of Virginia Beach.  They drank some beer before arriving at the party around 10:45 p.m.  After leaving the party, Crockett drove his Honda Accord with Jack riding in the passenger seat. As he traveled at a high rate of speed, he lost control of the car on Wolfsnare Road and ultimately crashed into a tree on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.  Observing this, witnesses immediately rushed to the scene and called police and rescue.  As responding officers attempted to administer aid to Crockett and the victim, Crockett assaulted them and yelled, “Get off me!  We’re cool!”  The victim passed away at the scene of the accident.  Crockett was taken to Virginia Beach General Hospital with minor injuries.  His blood alcohol content was between .14-.15, almost twice the legal limit. During an interview with the police, Crockett asked, “Did I hit someone?”

Crockett was found guilty on Thursday evening, March 1.  He was to return to Circuit Court this morning at 9:30 to begin the sentencing phase of his trial.   Crockett failed to show up this morning; therefore a grand jury in Virginia Beach Circuit Court indicted him today for felony Failure to Appear.  Anyone with information about Crockett’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Virginia Beach Police Department immediately. 

 

Crockett was previously convicted of this offense by a jury in May 2011.  That jury could not reach a verdict as to Crockett’s sentence, resulting in the Court declaring a mistrial.  In Virginia, a jury first decides whether a defendant is guilty. If the defendant is found guilty, that jury hears additional evidence before deliberating on a punishment. The General Assembly recently passed House Bill 77, which allows the Court to impanel a new jury solely for sentencing when a previous jury has deadlocked on the recommended punishment.  Crockett’s case was one example before the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates when they considered House Bill 77.

 

Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kari A. Kopnicky prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​

 

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