Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Man who hit, killed toddler last year sentenced to prison

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BROOKSVILLE — The man who ran over and killed a toddler east of Brooksville last year has been adjudicated guilty of the crime and sentenced to five years in state prison.

William Cameron Perkins, 27, of Brooksville was driving a 2002 Jaguar about 5 p.m. April 1, 2016, on Neff Lake Road when he dropped a cigarette and hit Lacey Thomas' family. Thomas, who was 24 at the time, and her 1-year-old son both survived. Daughter Ava Thomas, 3, died in the hospital the next morning.

Perkins pleaded no contest to one count of driving with a suspended license with serious injury or death, according to court records. Two other counts of the same charge were dropped. Perkins will receive credit for 284 days already served in jail.

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