A Charlotte man who had cocaine in his system and was driving more than 100 mph when he crashed into another vehicle in February 2012 was convicted of murder Friday and sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.
A Mecklenburg County jury found Victor Moultry, 46, guilty of second-degree murder, felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor hit and run, according to the district attorneys office.
On Feb. 16, 2012, Moultry drove over a median and into the wrong lane of West W.T. Harris Boulevard before he hit a car as he turned onto Statesville Road, prosecutors said.
Moultry sped away from that wreck, heading north on Statesville Road, according to prosecutors. Witnesses testified that they saw him driving on the wrong side of the road at high speeds, passing vehicles in no-passing zones and forcing cars to pull off the road to get out of his way.
Moultry continued to speed into Huntersville, where he rear-ended the truck driven by 53-year-old Paul Joseph Jones, prosecutors said. Moultry slammed into Jones truck at more than 100 mph, throwing it down a ravine, investigators said.
The Huntersville cabinetmaker died two days later as a result of his injuries.
Investigators found cocaine in Moultrys vehicle and in Moultrys blood, according to prosecutors.
Moultrys trial began Monday. After the jurys verdict, Judge William Constangy sentenced him to 207 to 261 months in prison.
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