Eden man convicted of 2nd degree murder, death by vehicle

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WENTWORTH, N.C. — An Eden man was sentenced to prison on Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of second degree murder and felony death by vehicle.

According to the N.C. District Attorney’s Office, Dominic Eugene Foote, 27, was sentenced to 16-20 years in prison by Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Rick Stone.

According to the D.A.’s office, on Oct. 24, 2010, Foote was driving a vehicle at a speed of 80 mph in a 40 mph zone, when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road flipping the vehicle. One of the six passengers was ejected during the crash and died at the scene.

Foote, who had two prior convictions for impaired driving, had a blood alcohol content of .14 and tested positive for benzodiazepines and marijuana after the accident.

Assistant┬áDistrict Attorney Melanie Bridge, who prosecuted the case said, “this unfortunate incident clearly demonstrates the disastrous consequences impair driving can have.”