September 7, 2006
The parents of an 18-year-old high school student killed in a traffic accident are outraged by the sentence for the man found guilty of driving on the wrong side of the road.
It's a case that has caused much controversy.
18-year-old Lakeside High student Brandon Layton died in the head-on accident on River Watch Parkway back in 2003.
Behzadian was found guilty last month of two misdemeanors in Layton's death. He was sentenced today, and walked out of the courtroom a free man.
News 12's Domonique Benn has been following the case and was there for the sentencing.
Doctor Mohammad Ali Behzadian was sentenced to one year probation on each of the two counts: driving on the wrong side of road and second degree vehicular homicide. The sentences run consecutively. Behzadian was also fined $2,000.00.
Due to a typographical error in the sentence, it was originally believed and reported that Behzadian would serve his sentences concurrently, resulting in one year of probation instead of two, and that he would only pay $1000. Judge Carlisle Overstreet corrected his sentence September 8.
"It was a typographical (error), but we got it straightened out now," he said.
The sentence is for causing the death of 18-year-old Lakeside High senior Brandon Layton. Behzadian was traveling on the wrong side of the road on River Watch Parkway and crashed into Layton's vehicle in 2003.
Layton's family is upset.
"I am sorely disappointed that the man that drove over a half a mile on the wrong side of the road was not at least found guilty of reckless driving, and today what could have been up to a year in prison was a slap on the hand and a little fine for my son's life," Layton's father Max Layton told News 12.
Supporters for Behzadian were also in attendance. They said that he is making contributions to the biomedical field and that he does not deserve jail time. They also said he is remorseful.
According to State Rep. Barry Fleming, legislation could be in the works for this upcoming session in January that would make the punishment stiffer for people who are found guilty of second degree vehicular homicide.