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Charles Spears

Friday, February 1, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Sontag man was sentenced Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to 12 months in jail and given a $500 fine in connection with a fatal crash on Route 619 in July 2012.

Charles Edward Spears, 44, pleaded "no contest" to a charge of failure to yield the right of way and guilty to driving on a suspended license (4th offense).

A charge of operating an uninsured vehicle was dismissed after Spears produced a form from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles that he had paid the required uninsured motorist fee, according to Robert Deatherage, assistant commonwealth's attorney.

Spears was given the 12-month sentence for driving on a suspended license. He was given the $500 fine for failure to yield the right of way.

Spears was traveling east on Sontag Road (Route 619) in an Isuzu Rodeo on July 7, 2012, when he attempted to make a left turn and pulled into the path of a westbound motorcycle, driven by Dennis Keith Eggleston of Martinsville, according to Trooper D.H. Cepelnik with the Virginia State Police. The motorcycle collided with the Rodeo.

The speed of the motorcycle was a factor in the crash, Cepelnik said.

Eggleston, 56, was transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The crash occurred July 7 at about 9 a.m. on Route 619, just east of Route 707 (Ashpone Tavern Road).

Spears is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for selling nine oxycodone pills for $30 each. He pleaded guilty in November to three counts of distribution of oxycodone.

Spears was sentenced earlier this month on the drug charges. Circuit Court Judge Stacey Moreau imposed a sentence of 10 years on each charge, with 24 years suspended.

Spears was also sentenced to three years probation and 25 years of good behavior, according to Deatherage.

Spears was ordered to pay $270 in restitution to the sheriff's office for the money used in controlled drug buys and to cover court costs.

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