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Newsoms man arrested in child’s death

Published 11:00am Tuesday, November 12, 2013

FRANKLIN—The driver in the Oct. 26 accident that resulted in the death of a 12-year-old girl has been charged and arrested with involuntary manslaughter DUI-related, according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya, spokesperson for the Virginia State Police.

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Tony Sledge, 45, of the 20000 block of General Thomas Highway, was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed on Route 258 south of Sycamore Church Road when he is alleged to have attempted an unsafe lane change, losing control of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, which flipped several times, Anaya said. Tonashea Sledge died at the scene. She was one of six passengers in the vehicle.

Tony Sledge, who’s being held at Southampton County jail, has also been charged with assault, maiming another while DUI and three counts of abuse/neglect of a child causing serious injury.

His arrest record dates back to 1987, when he was charged with assault and battery on Aug. 28 of that year. In 1990, Sledge was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny.

In 1994, he was convicted of a grand larceny that occurred on Aug. 8, 1993.

In December 1994, he was convicted and sentenced to six years jail time for selling and distributing cocaine.

In December 2002, he was found guilty of possession of cocaine, and he was sentenced to two years and six months in jail.

In April 2002, he was convicted to four years of prison time for violating probation, dating back to the August 1993 breaking and entering.

In March 2009, he was convicted of contempt of court. In April 2009, he was convicted of three counts of violation of probation.

  • UrMegesty

    Poor-decision making does not just affect one avenue of our journey through life, it affects the entire journey. Rather than incarceration whereas inmates are allowed to sleep throughout the day and work a mind-numbing job until their release date, why not provide some state mandated treatment or behavioral therapy that would correct the sort o thinking and behavior that leads to these life-changing decisions?

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  • CB

    6 passengers (adult and children) plus driver in Impala. 7 people in Impala that has 5 seatbelts. Why did other adults allow children into this car? Not safe to begin with, then add a drunk driver?

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  • rtown528@gmail.com

    My heart goes out to the family of this child, the mother in particular. I don’t know what Tony was thinking if he decided to drink and drive especially with children in the car. I do not excuse this behavior at all.

    What disturbs me is the reporting of his past criminal record. If I am not mistaken, our justice system guarantees us a fair trial. This man has been tried in the media and his priors which can be argued in a pre-trial hearing as being relevant or irrelevant should not be made public.

    This taints the jury pool. It just goes to show you, it’s not always justice, it’s just us.

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    • Kmart3008

      @rtown, I agree with you totally. The reporting of his past criminal history did not sit well with me.

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    • JOHN

      He should have been in jail a long time ago given his past. The problem is our system keeps letting people like him out. His past record is public information, he has clearly committed another crime and Showing his past record establishes what kind of person he is. He clearly is a thief and a lifelong drug dealer who will never be able to function in our society as a normal productive citation.

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    • handkusp45

      Sure, Why let it be known that this low life has never been anything but a scumbag criminal who destroys other people’s lives? He should be locked up until he dies so he can’t harm another innocent person. There I’ve said it.

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  • handkusp45

    Countrygirl, I have to respectfully beg to differ. I agree we have all done things that were wrong. And I agree that God will handle this guy. But until then we need to make sure he is off the street so he can’t kill any more innocent people. Lock him up until God takes him.

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    • FromHere

      I totally agree with you. We’ve all done things we should not have, but I imagine few of us have been convicted repeatedly for stealing, drugs, assault, violating probation, child abuse and neglect and still got out of jail and put our children in the vehicle with our drunk selves. I doubt that. If he had a remorseful bone in his body, he’d have straightened up a long time ago. Put him away for good where he won’t me a menace to society any longer.

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  • countrygirl101

    Yes, I do know that this bothers him. I’m not saying he was right because he was definitely in the wrong and he will pay for it but from a mental view this will kill him in the long run. I will not take up for him because yes he does have a pass like we all do and ours may not be like his. His record is out for the public but many of us have did things and just wasnt caught. He will be punish for his senseless and horrible act. God makes no mistakes, rest in paradise Tonashea and God knows best!

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  • John VanChocStraw

    Obviously a career criminal who has been allowed to take an innocent child’s life. Disgusting piece of filth. How is it possible that this drag on society could be free after that record?

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  • handkusp45

    Lock him away forever. Why was he on the street?

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  • FromHere

    Yes, I’m a Grinch, but how do sporting events always take precedence (as in headlines in the paper) over someone killing or abusing a child? Just saying.

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  • Sinoptik

    He will, in his mind, shift the blame to something or someone else for this.

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  • chilimac72

    Does it bother him? Do you know it does?

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    • FromHere

      I doubt very seriously this will bother him. What will bother him is that he’s back in jail. My question is how does he keep getting back out into society and could someone have stopped these children from getting in the car with him?

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    Believe it or not, someone female actually decided to lie down and make a baby with this guy some twelve years ago. Imagine that choice.

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  • countrygirl101

    There is nothing that will hurt him more than knowing he has killed his own child.He will have to live with that for the rest of his life.

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  • chilimac72

    Bye Bye… too many chances for you!

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