A Drew County jury on Friday found Samuel Vincent not guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2017 death of a Drew County deputy sheriff who was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing Vincent in an attempt to make a traffic stop.
Drew County Deputy Timothy Braden was pursuing Vincent at speeds approaching 80 miles per hour as Vincent fled the deputy on Barkada Road on August 24, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. Braden subsequently hit a utility pole and Vincent hit a tree. Braden died in the accident.
During the pursuit, Vincent discarded a bag containing approximately $4,100, more than five ounces of marijuana, and a set of digital scales.
In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Vincent was also charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony fleeing.
Vincent testified that the marijuana was for his personal use to alleviate pain.
The jury, which considered the lesser crimes of manslaughter and negligent homicide, deliberated just over two hours before finding Vincent not guilty of first-degree murder, not guilty of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, and not guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The jury did find Vincent guilty of possession of marijuana and (misdemeanor) fleeing. After another hour of deliberations, the jury sentenced Vincent to six years in prison and fined him $7,500 for possession of marijuana and a year in the county jail and a $2,500 fine for fleeing.