A Little Rock man was sentenced to prison Monday after pleading guilty in a 2010 fatal accident.
Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones sentenced Michael Singleton, 33, to five years in prison after Singleton pleaded guilty to one count of negligent homicide, a Class B felony, following the accident on Nov. 7, 2010, that resulted in the death of Vanchanza D. Cardinali, 19, also of Little Rock. Cardinali was a passenger in a car driven by Darrell Flemons Jr., now, 27, also of Little Rock that was northbound on Interstate 530 when it was hit head-on by a vehicle driven by Singleton, who was traveling south in the northbound lane.
Singleton and another passenger in Flemons’ vehicle, Raeisha R. Bosswell, now 21, of Banks, were both injured and taken to hospitals at Little Rock for treatment. Flemons was not injured.
The accident was reported at 4:04 a.m. at the 19-mile marker on the interstate, just north of Redfield, according to a report from Arkansas State Trooper Richard Scott. Singleton had been scheduled for trial today and if convicted of the charge, could have been sentenced to between five and 20 years in prison, and/or fined. He had also been charged with first offense DWI but by law, that charge was dismissed when Singleton pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.
Deputy Prosecutors Rik Ramsey and Cymber Gieringer represented the state and Singleton was represented by Pine Bluff attorney Greg Robinson.
Singleton will be required to serve one-third of his sentence less any good time he accrues, and if he receives the maximum amount of good time possible, could be eligible to apply for parole in 10 to 12 months.