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Franklin father charged for fatal October 2013 DUI crash

Posted at 7:08 PM, Oct 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-09 19:08:42-04

Franklin, Va. - A Southampton County man will spend more than 20 years behind bars for killing his daughter during a drunk driving crash in October 2013.

Tony Sledge survived the crash that killed his 12-year-old daughter Tonashea on October 26, 2013.

Tonashea and four other children were in the back seat of the 2007 Chevy Impala that Tony Sledge was driving when he lost control and flipped over several times on Route 258 near Sycamore Creek Road.

Tony was drunk and speeding up to 80mph when he crashed around 11:30 a.m.

Tonashea died at the scene. She was well-known and loved at J.P. King Middle School in Franklin.

The other children survived, as well as an adult passenger, Monique Boone.

Sledge was charged with involuntary manslaughter, DUI and child abuse and neglect.

A judge sentenced him to 22 years in prison. After he is released, he will be on good behavior restrictions for 20 years and supervised probation for an indefinite period.

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