Timothy P. Washington, d/o/b 1-23-1975, of Crane, pled guilty on Thursday, August 15th, to two (2) counts of the class C felony of assault in the second degree, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Mark Orr sentenced Washington to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of the two (2) counts, with those sentences to run concurrently with one another.

The charges stemmed from a car crash that occurred on the evening of February 2, 2012, off U.S. Highway 160. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the crash that injured two (2) of the passengers in Washington’s car.

Evidence on the scene indicated that Washington had crossed the center line and driven off of the left side of U.S. Highway 160, just west of Dayton Road, crashing his 1992 Jaguar into a tree. The two (2) passengers who were injured included one 48-year old male, and Washington’s 5-year old child. Lab testing of Washington’s blood confirmed that he was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time he crashed the car.

According to Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell, a class C felony carries a maximum term of imprisonment of seven (7) years. In this case, Washington agreed to the maximum prison sentence in exchange for the sentences to run concurrently with each other, and concurrently with Washington’s probation cases.