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February 13, 2017

Man gets eight more years for Bealeton killing

Tremaine Thompson’s actions resulted in the death of Bealeton man in 2002 and a Culpeper woman in 2015.
I can’t agree with you, Mr. Thompson. I think you’re the very same man wo caused the deaths of two people.
— Judge Jeffrey W. Parker
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Nearly 14 years ago, he got convicted in Fauquier County Circuit Court of involuntary manslaughter and other charges related to a deadly scuffle at the Marsh Run Mobile Home Park near Bealeton.

Sentenced to 25 years in jail, Tremaine Ardel Thompson served 10.

He got released from prison in 2011.

But, in June 2015, Mr. Thompson — legally intoxicated — backed up his Ford pickup along a Town of Culpeper street, running over and killing 49-year-old Lori Ann “Peaches” Rooker Tyler.

A Culpeper resident, Ms. Tyler also was legally intoxicated at the time of the accident, according to medical records.

A Culpeper County Circuit Court in April jury found Mr. Thompson guilty of involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in her death.

Mr. Thompson got five years in jail for manslaughter and nine months for the DWI offense.

Because of that and Mr. Thompson’s other convictions subsequent to his release from jail, Fauquier County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker on Friday found that Mr. Thompson had violated probation for his Bealeton manslaughter conviction.

After a one-hour hearing, Judge Parker imposed eight years of Mr. Thompson’s suspended 15 years of jail time for the Bealeton killing and gave him five years of supervised probation.

Mr. Thompson will serve consecutive sentences for the Culpeper manslaughter conviction and Bealeton manslaughter probation violation.

During Friday’s probation hearing, Mr. Thompson’s cousin, Lucy Washington, and fiancée, Kamilah Harris, testified in his behalf.

They depicted Mr. Thompson, 37, as a devoted family man who had learned from his criminal actions and reformed since the Bealeton killing.

Taking the stand, Mr. Thompson tried to make the same case.

“I want to be the man I’m supposed to be,” he said, asking Judge Parker for “leniency.”

Assistant Public Defender Christopher Morehouse, who represented Mr. Thompson, reminded the judge that his client had been under the influence of an illegal drug when he killed Arthur Northover at Marsh Run Mobile Home Park in 2002.

Mr. Morehouse said “it was the PCP” that caused his client to force Mr. Northhover to the ground, where he struck the back of his head on “decorative edging brick” and died, according to court records.

Since his April 2011 release from jail, Mr. Thompson got a job, established a family and “reconnected” with his teenage daughter, Mr. Morehouse said.

While Mr. Thompson “understands there needs to be punishment,” he also “is asking this court to have leniency,” the public defender told Judge Parker.

Prosecutor Abigail J. Owens painted a dramatically different picture of the defendant.

Mr. Thompson learned little, if anything, after the first manslaughter conviction, Ms. Owens suggested.

For example, the defendant had been under the influence of “mind-altering substances” when both manslaughter deaths took place, demonstrating “reckless disregard for human life,” Ms. Owens said.

After his release from jail in April 2011, Mr. Thompson got charged three times with driving under the influence of alcohol, the prosecutor said. On two of those counts, he got convicted of reckless driving.

On May 24, 2015, three weeks before he ran over and killed Ms. Tyler, Mr. Thompson got charged with DUI, the prosecutor said. He got convicted of that charge Aug. 5, 2015.

Mr. Thompson on Dec. 9, 2013, also admitted to his probation officer that he had used cocaine, Ms. Owens said.

“He dangerous,” said the prosecutor, referring to those convictions. “He’s proved that over and over again.”

Judge Parker said her found her argument persuasive.

In sentencing the defendant, he said: “I can’t agree with you, Mr. Thompson. I think you’re the very same man wo caused the deaths of two people.”

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citizen observer · February 14, 2017 at 10:58 am
Looks like our entire judicial system needs an overhaul. This guy only served 10 years of a 25 year sentence. Then out on probation he got 3 DUIs and admitted cocaine use. It took him killing someone else for the system to take action. His probation should have been revoked and him locked back up after the first DUI. I won't even get into the fact that he still had a valid driver license after all these offenses. So sad it took the death of an innocent person to enact action.
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