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Man accused in deadly hit-and-run of TSU student sentenced

Posted: Updated: Jun 05, 2014 08:31 PM
Charles Towns convicted of hitting and killing a TSU student in a deadly hit-and run accident in 2012. Charles Towns convicted of hitting and killing a TSU student in a deadly hit-and run accident in 2012.
Calvin Thomas was hit and killed while crossing Old Hickory Boulevard. Calvin Thomas was hit and killed while crossing Old Hickory Boulevard.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The man convicted of hitting and killing a TSU student in a deadly hit-and run accident will spend nearly three years in prison.

A Davidson County judge sentenced Charles Towns to a two-years, 11-months, and 29-days consecutive sentence in prison Thursday.

Charles Towns, 51, was arrested November 2012 with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident involving death and driving on a revoked license.

Police said Towns was driving a pickup truck that struck 25-year-old Calvin Thomas, of Smyrna, while he was crossing Old Hickory Boulevard, at Woodlands Avenue.

Towns pleaded guilty for the incident in April.

Towns was previously convicted of three DUIs including, his most recent in July 2011.

Court records show he had three other DUI arrests, but did not result in convictions.

The victim's mother, Tonya Thomas, told News 2 justice was not served for her son since Towns has an extensive history of motor vehicle offenses.

"I am not pleased with the sentence not by a long shot. Of course you can't have a sentence that's justifiable for a life being taken," said Tonya Thomas.

In addition to serving time behind bars and paying Thomas' family restitution, Towns will also serve four-years of intense probation which includes attending daily AA meetings, wearing a an alcohol monitoring device and being jailed every November, for 48-hours, during the anniversary of Thomas' death.

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