Intoxication manslaughter nets 5 years
Matthew Joseph Golden entered an open plea to the court in connection with an intoxication manslaughter charge and was sentenced by Judge Ed Magre.
Golden was the driver in a one-vehicle rollover accident on FM 908, just north of the city limits, which killed 24-year-old Jeremiah Rader.
In an open plea, the bench decides guilt or innocence and assesses punishment.
Magre sentenced Golden to a 10-year prison term, probated five years, plus a 120-day county jail term as a condition of probation.
He must also undergo substance abuse evaluation, and any recommended treatment, have his driver’s license suspended one year and install an ignition interlock on his primary vehicle.
MONITOR— Magre also ordered Golden to wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) on his ankle, complete a driving while intoxicated (DWI) class and victim impact program and pay $6,727 in restitution.
That’s a similar sentence to that handed down two weeks ago in the case of a Rockdale man who struck and killed a Thorndale teenager on a farm-market road near that town in 2009.
Restitution in that case was $6,955 and was earmarked for a headstone for the victim.
Prosecutor Kerry Spears said restitution in the Golden case will be handled through the Crime Victims Compensation Program which will determine how to spend the money.
WRECK— According to State Troopers Ryan Parker and Ernest Delbosque, who investigated the 2008 wreck, Rader was a passenger in a 2000 Dodge pickup driven by Golden.
The troopers said the northbound pickup went off the roadway’s east side as the truck approached a left-hand curve, then slid back across the road, overturned and came to rest upright.
Parker and Delbosque said Rader was not wearing a seat belt.
The troopers said Golden, who was wearing a seat belt, was treated at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale.