The man who crashed his car on a dirt road in Farmington in August 2012, killing one passenger and injuring another, has been sentenced to 25 months in jail.
Charles Covington, 23, of Glastonbury, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to reduced charges of second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle and driving under the influence.
Covington was at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza on Aug. 12, 2012 when the car he was driving hit a tree on a dirt road behind a warehouse on Route 4 in Farmington. The road leads to a beach on the Farmington River where the three had been drinking earlier in the day, according to a Hartford Courant article.
One of the passengers, Michael McCallum, 40, of Farmington, was killed. McCallum’s 16-year-old daughter, Alicia Lockery, of Bristol, was injured.
According to the Courant, McCallum’s mother Janet McCallum, sister Amy Bailey, both of Farmington, and Lockery, told the judge that Covington was a close friend of McCallum’s and that the family had forgiven him. His sister and mother asked that Covington’s sentence be an opportunity for him to move forward and do something good with his life.
Covington was sentenced to 25 months in prison, 25 months special parole and is required to have an interlock system installed in any car he owns.