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Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 3:42 p.m.

Man sentenced to jail after crash that killed 2 Belleville women

By Cindy Heflin

A 24-year-old man was sentenced to 120 days in jail for ignoring a flashing red light and causing a crash that led to the deaths of two Belleville women, the Observer & Eccentric reported.

Rufus Thomas Brandon II was driving Danielle Beavers, 19, and Brooke Kennedy, 18, home from the Ruby Tuesday restaurant where they worked about 2 a.m. July 24, when he ignored a flashing red light at Canton Center Road and Michigan Avenue in Canton, the newspaper reported.

A Monte Carlo struck Brandon’s Chevrolet Cavalier, killing the two women.

The judge said Brandon could start serving his sentence Dec. 19, after he finishes his semester finals at Eastern Michigan University.



Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 9:24 p.m.

Very tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 12:54 p.m.

It is tragic beyond what many people could even bear. I am so sad for the families of all three people, especially the two lost. However jail time serves no purpose. It was an accident. The young man is suffering by having to deal with the deaths he caused. There was no speeding, alcohol, drugs or texting reported. They were leaving work; together as friends.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 10:56 p.m.

I agree. Just a terrible accident that will be with that young man for the rest of his life. Hope everyone involved can find some degree of peace.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 12:52 p.m.

I wonder what all the haters here would say if the shoe were on the other foot and THEY were guilty of poor judgment? Let the person finish school for the semester, I'm sure the guilt has to be a heavy burden. Condolences to the families of the girls.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 2:06 a.m.

From the fine article, the judge that showed such poor judgement in determining that the lives of these two girls are worth sixty days a piece is 35th District Judge Ronald Lowe. Remember.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 1:10 a.m.

I see this as a tragic accident. I'm guessing they were all very tired after their shift.I would think (a pretty hard call for the judge) My heart goes out to the girl's families.

Tom Todd

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

the Judge should get 120 days in San Quentin for this call.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 11:21 p.m.

Oh and let's let him finish his finals before we give him a slap on the wrist. Really? put his butt in the slammer now.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 10:57 p.m.

Two deaths, 120 days? I'm speechless, too.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 9:21 p.m.

I'm speechless. Not many details here. Two young women gone forever.