A Cleveland, Tennessee, man was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison after pleading guilty to charges associated with driving through a crowd at a 2015 Trace Adkins concert in Huntsville, killing one person and injuring others.
Billy Jason Carson, 45, entered Alford pleas in December to charges of vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment. The Alford plea means Carson doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges sufficient evidence to prove the case.
He was given six years for the vehicular homicide and aggravated assault charges, and two years for the reckless endangerment charges. They will all be served concurrently.
Carson was a food truck vendor at the event on May 23, 2015, at Trail Ends Campground. Witnesses said he had been drinking all evening and began terrorizing the crowd with his SUV, hitting and killing Tony Farrell, 50, a former monster truck driver who was in attendance.
The witnesses said Farrell’s son Ethan was the one who got hit first, and was sent flying through the air. Farrell came to his son’s defense and that’s when he was hit and killed.
During a court hearing in December, Carson admitted slinging Farrell from this SUV and running over him. Carson told an investigator that he was trying to help a friend who said he had been attacked when the crowd attacked him.