A Tucson man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for a crash that killed his older brother was sentenced to three years in prison Monday.
Adam Acorn, 23, told Pima County Superior Court Judge Howard Fell that his life “was turned upside down” on Sept. 2, 2011 when he missed a curve near East Sixth Street and North Country Club Road and struck a tree. Nicholas Acorn, the front seat passenger was taken to the hospital where he later died and three other passengers were also injured.
The five adults were on their way home after spending the night hanging out and drinking on North Fourth Avenue and downtown, according to court documents.
Nicholas Acorn, 23, was a “wonderful chef” and the brothers had plans to open a restaurant together, Adam Acorn told Fell.
Adam Acorn said everyday he feels pain and remorse for causing his brother's death.
“My mission in life is to redeem myself and to make the best man I’ve ever known proud of me,” Adam Acorn said referring to his brother.
Kevin Acorn, the father of the brothers, said although he agreed that his son should be punished he did not agree with the sentencing terms of the plea agreement.
“We don’t see how sending him to prison is going to be helpful,” Kevin Acorn told Judge Fell. “In our opinion Adam is already serving a life sentence.”
Adam Acorn also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, endangerment, and driving under the influence in February 2013. He was also sentenced to three years’ probation following his release from prison.