Driver in Canton Double Fatality Gets 120 Days in Jail

Rufus Thomas Brandon II given 120-day jail term in July accident.

Rufus Thomas Brandon II was sentenced to 120 days in jail Monday at 35th District Court in a double fatality that claimed the lives of two teenage girls who were in his car when he drove through a flashing red light while driving south on Canton Center at Michigan Avenue on July 24, according to the Canton Observer.

While Judge Ronald Lowe handed down the jail term on Brandon, the judge allowed him to delay serving his time until he finishes his semester finals at Eastern Michigan University, the report said.

Brandon had been driving Brooke Kennedy, 18, and Danielle Beavers, 19, both of Belleville, in his Chevrolet Cavalier from a nearby Ruby Tuesday restaurant where they all worked, the report said. Brandon ignored a flashing red light and was struck on the passenger side by a Monte Carlo driven by a 21-year-old Westland man.

Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the accident, the report said. 

Lowe ordered Brandon to begin his 120-day jail term before Christmas and placed Brandon on two years' probation, the report said. 

Sandra Daniels November 27, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I felt bad when I originally heard that 2 girls died at that corner. While we morn the loss of these girls, I think it is awful that a double lane highway at that corner only has a flashing red light at that time of night. I realize that when you look like the only car stopped at some of these intersections and it feels like a eternity there is a good reason for a signal that shows STOP - GO - SLOW DOWN. I know the young fella feels bad too.
Cheryl Sherman November 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Still a very sad heartache. 120 days??? Finish his exams??? Brooke and Dani will never be able to do such things.
R.P. McKenna November 27, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I am outraged at the seemingly lenient sentence. Two lives were lost due to carelessness and/or ignorance on the driver's part and he receives 120 days??? Go figure.
Bill November 27, 2012 at 09:23 PM
should of got manslaughter, life in prison,judge lowe was very light on his sentense.What was the prosecuter doing?? sleeping during this or did he let them do a plea bargin, both should be assashimed of this outcome. This is a pubic OUTRAGE!
Jennifer G. Mason Marble November 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM
This was not premeditated. It is called an accident for a reason. Having to live the rest of his life knowing he is responsible for the death of two is a heavy burden. If you were in his position you could be glad for the sentence.
Phyl November 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I wonder if the parents of the teens who died were allowed input as victims during sentencing. I can't imagine not wanting him to serve some years for his negligence.
Paul Schulz November 28, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Take it easy people! Just before these fatalities happened, I bet everyone involved were friends, just being young kids, not aware of what was even about to happen. They were probably laughing and carrying on, after work. Having a good time. I remember those days. Perhaps it was careless, but let's have some compassion! Even the 120 days in jail are not going to bring back those two lost lives, and that is a shame. The young man clearly made a tragic "mistake", a "mistake" that he will have to carry with him for the rest of his life. The young man was not drunk, nor was he under the influence of any drugs. He did not purposely intend to kill anyone. Our prisons are full of non violent offenders, lets get back to filling our prisons with violent offenders, rapists, murderers, bank robbers, and even white collar criminals. Leave the young man alone, let him serve his time, and move on with his own healing. I hope that both families find the strength to look beyond their losses, and consider helping the young man also find some closure. Don't forget his pain, and how he may be grieving. Its important! I know of a similar accident that took place many years ago, in which there were fatalities, and lots of blame pointed at the driver. That young man, couldn't get over the guilt, and shame. He committed suicide. Many years later, some of those who tormented the young man, due to his mistake, finally admitted, that accidents do happen....
Teresa November 28, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Very sad, two young lives snuffed out. However, I think the ruling was appropriate. I also heard the young man responsible spent some time in the hospital himself with injuries and that he totally accepted responsibility and blamed himself and that he was just heartbroken and very very depressed by the girls deaths. You know, as Christians we are taught to forgive ... even more so, those who are sincerely regretful of their actions. Human beings are full of imperfections and make many mistakes ... however, it is only through the suffering caused by these things that people can learn, grow, and blossom if they can forgive themselves and if others can forgive them, then they can be a real conduit for lasting change in themselves and the world. I beleive this young man deserves compassion and of course the families of the two girls lost need a lot of love and support from friends, family and community. Blessings to all involved.
Jonathan November 28, 2012 at 02:47 AM
The whole story is sad. This is not a "public outrage." Life in prison? That's ridiculous. A young man got in a traffic accident that killed two of his friends. Keyword is accident. Living with that is prison enough. I can only hope all the families get through this terrible incident.
tinas258 November 29, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Yes the parents were allowed to speak, if you google this you'll find another article that tells exactly how they feel...


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