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Driver Sentenced To More Than 38 Years In Prison For Fatal Raleigh Wreck

Posted March 3, 2006 2:14 a.m. EST
Updated November 6, 2007 11:30 a.m. EST

— It took a jury about a hour to convict a man accused of killing his girlfriend and her son in a car crash.

On Friday, jurors found Anderson Hazelwood guilty of second-degree murder and felony speeding. He will go to prison for more than 38 years.

During a chase in October 2004, Hazelwood crashed his car off Leesville Road in north Raleigh. His girlfriend, 26-year-old Shavonda Commissiong, and her 5-year-old son, Jalien, died in the accident.

In court, Hazelwood blamed state troopers for the wreck. He said he was chased. The Highway Patrol denies the claim and said Hazelwood sped away after being stopped and a trooper discovered marijuana in his vehicle.