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Man pleads guilty in 8 street racing deaths

A Waldorf man pleaded guilty Friday to causing the car crash in Accokeek nearly two years ago that killed eight people at a street race.

Darren J. Bullock, 22, pleaded guilty in Prince George's County Circuit Court to eight counts of vehicular manslaughter.

Under the terms of his plea agreement with Prince George's prosecutors, Bullock will be sentenced to 15 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge Michael Whalen scheduled sentencing for March 1.

Bullock agreed to a statement of facts read into the court record by Assistant State's Attorney Wes Adams, in which the prosecutor said Bullock was driving a white Crown Victoria at more than 100 mph when he smashed into the victims, who had wandered onto the road after watching an illegal street race.

Bullock was himself racing when he struck the spectators, authorities have said. The man Bullock was allegedly racing, Tavon Taylor, 20, is scheduled to go on trial Monday. It was not immediately clear whether Bullock would testify at that trial.

-- Ruben Castaneda

By Washington Post editors  |  January 29, 2010; 3:34 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  | Tags: bullock, darren jamar bullock, prince george's county, street racing  
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so, 8 into 15 = less than 2 years per person.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

jckdoors - Is that unbelievable or what!! My God, kill eight people and get 15 years and I didn't see "no parole" so he can get out in, what, 7? My heart goes out to the parents of those murdered children.

Posted by: delawaretrio | January 29, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

A typical PG County sentence. It's amazing the judge didn't reject the plea agreement and declare him not guilty.

Posted by: checkered1 | January 29, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

The so called "children" were also participating in illegal activity. My question is.. WHO SNITCHED?

Posted by: psuvo | January 29, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

In PG, a snot nosed punk kills eight and gets a slap on the wrist. In Fairfax a snot nosed cop kills an unarmed man in a truck and gets away with murder. There is no justice.

Posted by: mortified469 | January 29, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I always love the compassionate remarks on the WaPo :) In theory, the corrections system doesn't exist to be vindictive. It is supposed to correct behavior so the person can lead a productive life going forward and contribute to society. The bottom line is this guy is going to be in agony for the rest of his life in addition to spending as much as 3/4 of his life in prison.

Posted by: Liberal4CommonSense | January 29, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to the dead, they were in the the dark...watching an illegal street race...

The parents of the dead voyeurs could have taught them to not participate or hang around to witness illegal activity...and IF they are to do so, then to do so from the SIDE of the roadway...

Posted by: squatty2 | January 29, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Those killed were spectators in the illegal race. Standing on Route 210 no less watching a race.

I think that the sentence was just. If could have been lower if they owned up to the fact that they were racing.

By not claiming responsibility for their actions resulted in the 15 years, not the act itself. Those standing in the road was just as gulity as the guy who mowed them down.

Posted by: Special_One40 | January 29, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

What a joke! 15 years for 8 dead people. The guy is laughing at the justice system!!! I hope the families sue the two murderers, the city, and the justice system for the mockery that they have made of their loved ones lives. What a joke...on us.

Posted by: sleet60 | January 29, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

My heart goes out to the victims as well. However, the sentence was for manslaughter, not murder. The verdict was appropriate. This guy, however idiotic he was, didn't apparently mean to kill these people and therefore, the jury ruled correctly.

Posted by: smclnva | January 29, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Darwin, not Darren Bullock, eliminated the at least some of the eight people standing in a 4 lane expressway at night. They had no right to block the highway, and paid a horribly high price for their selfish, antisocial behavior.

The reason Darren Bullock should be put away for a long, long time is that he had ALREADY HAD HIS LICENSE SUSPENDED, and was not only driving, but driving with his lights off at 100 miles per hour at night! This person has total disregard for the laws which protect us and should not be behind the wheel of a car anytime in the near future. Since taking his license away clearly doesn't stop him from driving, its necessary to lock him up so he cannot possibly drive a car on public roads.

I've driven by the crash site many times and Bullock's car went well off the road. Therefore, its possible some of the dead and injured were not on the road, and possibly not even on the shoulder! My heart goes out to them and their families and loved ones. Bullock should pay a high price for THOSE victims. And, again, he should stay locked up to protect us.

Posted by: RDWHAH | February 3, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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