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Dartt Denied New Sentencing Hearing Thursday Morning

Denied.  That was the ruling from Judge T. Scott Webb Thursday morning in White County Court to a motion filed by public defender Brian Shinkle on behalf of Brian Wayne Dartt.  It’s been nearly a year since C.J. Richardson passed away from injuries sustained in a traffic crash.  Dartt was jailed and found guilty of Aggravated DUI resulting in an accident/death.  He was subsequently sentenced in March to 13 years, one year short of the maximum sentence.

During testimony Thursday, Dartt took the stand to say he was “so sorry that this happened.  I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart.”  Shinkle attempted to appeal to the court’s mercy by stating that his incarceration was causing a detriment and inability to provide for Dartt’s children and mother.  Dartt’s children were absent; at a grandmother’s funeral.  Dartt’s mother Shirley was in attendance.  More than a dozen of Richardson’s family and friends were there in support.  Dartt said his “new destiny is to save as many people as possible” and if given a shorter sentence, his plans included “to build a church and start a new ministry.”  State’s Attorney Denton Aud kept his cross examination brief only asking Dartt if he felt that he had been treated fairly by the court during initial proceedings to which Dartt acquiesced that he felt he had been.  In a final statement, Shinkle said that he was concerned that given the highly emotional charged proceedings, a greater sentence may have been handed down.  Shinkle stated Dartt had demonstrated remorse, asked if the court would consider the low amount of a controlled substance in his system at the time of the accident, and said that because he was helping a friend move and not out “carousing”, that a lesser sentence be contemplated.  Furthermore, Shinkle reinforced that Dartt’s sentence made it difficult for him to make amends and has taken away his ability to provide for his family.

Judge Webb in his ruling said that it was indeed an emotionally charged sentencing hearing and that he doubted anyone would dispute that.  He said while he tried to only consider facts, he admitted he did take into account Richardson’s age commenting the young man was only beginning to see the life that potentially lay before him.  Webb also said with regards to the substance in his system, that Dartt’s proper choice would’ve been to tell his friend he was too tired to drive.  Moreover, Webb said while Dartt’s criminal history “wasn’t good; he’s seen worse”.

Following the denial, the judge told Dartt he would have 30 days to file an appeal.  Tina Richardson, C.J.’s mother then gave a Victim Impact Statement choosing to address Dartt directly.  She said, “as a broken mother, I’m asking you to man up and serve your time.  I can’t do this anymore.  If you’re a changed man, accept it and serve your time.  Let my son rest.  Everytime you appeal, you drag my family and his friends through the mud.  Please stop playing the game.  Just serve your time.”

7 comments
  1. Sharon Terry
    Sharon Terry
    July 28, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Dart You dont deserve anytime with your family. You took Norris city teen/friend away from his parent.friends. school.and community for life. so you serve your time.Next time think before drive.

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    • Janet Cunningham
      Janet Cunningham
      July 30, 2022 at 12:03 pm

      He’s a good guy just something or someone can steer you in the wrong direction. I know because I’m three years sober. It’s hard. He has lost two sisters and a brother to diabetes. Life is hard 💖

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    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      August 4, 2022 at 6:00 pm

      Sad to say Freddie Richardson has allegedly taken many lives. Tina knew this when she married him and stayed with him. When that’s the life you choose, it’s the life you get. I feel sorry for the Dartt family. They are good people.

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  2. Betty Mcpherson
    Betty Mcpherson
    July 28, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    He needs to serve his time

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  3. Jamie Lynn Poshard
    Jamie Lynn Poshard
    July 28, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Playing pity party. You don’t deserve freedom. You keep putting this family through H@@@ everytime you appeal. Man up. Take your sentencing & do your time.

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  4. rosie barger
    rosie barger
    July 28, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    we think he needs life in prison without no parole he needs to die in prison for taking someone else’s life these dope heads get away with a lot

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  5. Jack
    Jack
    July 31, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Sharon Terry like you have room to talk!! You took a guy out to steal a 4 wheeler. To cover up him gambling all his wife ssi check in carmi at hucks. Because he told his wife that he bought a 4 wheeler with her money and you and him went and stole it and you bought it off from him to cover his butt up and you and Edward’s lied on a police report and put the blame on Jolley. So all I can say is hope you both have a good lawyer. Because karma is coming for you 2 and jolley got a bunch of witnesses and a dang good lawyer.

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