Alstin Vanderford sentenced in 2004 ethnic intimidation case
By Shavonne Potts
A Rowan County judge found Alstin Vanderford guilty of ethnic intimidation nearly five years after the incident.
He received 24 hours of community service, added to his August sentence for misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and felony leaving the scene of an accident by a passenger in an incident involving five other young people.
Vanderford received a prayer for judgment continued for ethnic intimidation in 2004 after he and three other teens, all white, went through a Wendy’s drive-through and poured water on a clerk, who was black, and uttered racial slurs. Ethnic intimidation is a misdemeanor charge.
He and three others were convicted this August on charges that stem from the 2006 death of Michael Jason Brown. The other three have not appeared in court yet.
Vanderford pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and felony leaving the scene of an accident by a passenger.
In a hearing today, the Rowan District Attorney’s office asked that the ethnic intimidation prayer for judgment continued be reviewed and a conviction granted.
See Wednesday’s Post for more details.