PINELLAS COUNTY: “Youthful Offender” Sentence for 20-Year Old Involved in Fatal Car Wreck

A 20-year-old St. Petersburg man was sentenced to three-and-a-half (3 1/2) years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from a fatal wreck that killed two (2) people – his 23-year-old cousin, who was a passenger in his car, and a 59-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the other car. For the complete story, check out the TBO.com story.

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Joshua Malone’s prison term will be followed by twenty-four (24) months of community control (aka: “house arrest”).

Last December, Joshua Malone pleaded guilty to Driving a Motor Vehicle Without a License – Involving Death. Earlier this week, he was sentenced at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center.

An unrelated case involving the Sale and Possession of Cocaine was also resolved and included in Malone’s 42-month prison sentence.

Malone, who was only eighteen (18) years-old at the time of the Feb. 9, 2008 wreck, was sentenced as a “Youthful Offender,” which limited/reduced his maximum exposure to six (6) years in prison.

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According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Malone was driving a Ford Focus east on the Treasure Island Causeway when a Lexus turned in front of him to go south on Paradise Boulevard. Malone’s Ford Focus T-boned the Lexus.

Because Malone was under 21-years of age at the time of his Sentencing Hearing, along with the fact that he had never been previously sentenced as a “Youthful Offender,” it was within the Court’s discretion to “depart” from the sentencing guidelines.

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