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Jury finds man guilty of murder

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A jury finds a Martin County man guilty of murder for causing a crash that killed a ten year old girl last year.

26 year old Ross Brandon Sluss was also convicted on five other charges, including DUI and assault.

April Brewer got the verdict she wanted, but says her life will never be the same after she lost her only child, ten year old Destiny, last year.

“We just wanted Justice. Even if he gets life, nothing is really gonna make us happy,” April Brewer said.

The jury convicted 26 year old Ross Brandon Sluss on six charges, including murder, DUI, and assault for the crash that killed the ten year old and injured her grandmother and two other young girls.

“He shows no remorse for me and my family,” Brewer said.

“He's handled it tough, since day one of the accident, he's handled it tough. That little girl's life has been on his mind every day, but he wasn't impaired,” Defense Attorney Alvin Fletcher said.

Prosecutors claimed Sluss was driving under the influence of drugs when he crossed the center line and hit the SUV head on.

“Mr. Sluss never intended for this to happen. He merely caused an accident and he's gonna pay a penalty for it,” Fletcher said.

The jury recommended the maximum sentence on all charges, including life in prison on the murder conviction.

“We just wanted him to serve as much as he could because he took our life, so we want payback,” Brewer said.

A judge will sentence Sluss on April 21st.

The jury recommended the life sentence and 49 years total for the five other charges be served consecutively.

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