After appealing his judgment in May, a Newland business owner was sentenced in McDowell County Superior Court this month.
Patrick Todd Burleson, 44, of Johnson Road, Newland, was originally charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. In May, his attorney Kent Brown tried to get the state to dismiss the charges, which was denied. The judge gave Burleson a 60-day suspended sentence and 12 months unsupervised probation. He was fined $100 and court costs. Burleson appealed the judge’s decision.
At his court date in August, his charge was reduced to aiding and abetting reckless driving. He was given a 45-day suspended sentence and 12 months unsupervised probation. He was fined $1,000. He must pay court costs.
Burleson is the owner of Todd Burleson Trucking of Newland. Last fall, one of Burleson’s trucks was hauling large rocks in a commercial dump truck on U.S. 221 North, when one of those rocks fell out, bounced on the road, and into the windshield of an oncoming car, killing Douglas Armstrong Mahan, 62, of Spartanburg, S.C.
The driver of the truck, Randy Lee Arnett, 48, of Paradise Lane, Newland was also charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to secure a load. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of one count of reckless driving to endanger back in May. He was given a 30-day suspended sentence and 12 months unsupervised probation. He was fined $100 and court costs. He was ordered to pay a court-appointed attorney $220.