UPDATE: Charles County Man Receives 18 Months

May 16, 2013

Jason Michael Denton, 25 of White Plains was ordered to report to jail to serve an 18-month sentence for his involvement in a 2012 fatal crash in Oraville. Denton is to spend 18 months in the Leonardtown Detention Center prior to pleading guilty to the offense.

St. Mary’s Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Stamm stated that the plea arrangement would take place after Denton served the 18 months. Denton was on pretrial release prior to Stamm’s ruling.

On February 5, 2012 at approximately 5:48 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded to the area of MD Rt. 6 east of MD Rt. 235 in Mechanicsville, for a reported single vehicle collision.

Preliminary scene investigation revealed the driver lost control, traveled off the roadway, over compensated, crossing the center line and east bound lane of MD Rt. 6 and subsequently collided with a tree.

The driver, Jason M. Denton, 24 years of age, was transported from the scene to PG Shock Trauma via MSP Trooper 7, with life threatening injuries.

The passenger, Paul S. Burnett II, 32 years of age, was pronounced deceased on scene.  Notification to next of kin was made by Trooper’s from the MSP Leonardtown Barrack.  Driver speed and alcohol was a contributing circumstance to the collision.

Investigation is being conducted by the MSP Crash Team.

Authorities in St. Mary’s County are investigating a fatal crash in Mechanicsville.

Fire and rescue responded to report of a serious motor vehicle accident near the intersection of Rt. 6 and Three Notch Road in the area of the Korner Karryout on Sunday, Feb. 5 around 5:47 p.m.

Crews arrived on scene to discover a single vehicle into a tree with entrapment with heavy smoke coming from the wreckage. Two occupants were inside the pickup truck at the time of the crash and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

One of the crash victims was flown by MSP Trooper 7 to Prince George’s Shock Trauma for injuries received. A second crash victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

The identity of the crash victims have not yet been released. No word whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Denton was charged with failing to return and remain at the scene of an accident, failure to drive right of the center line, negligent driving, and failure to control speed to avoid an accident in Charles County in October of 2009.


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17 Responses to UPDATE: Charles County Man Receives 18 Months

  1. stacie on February 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Prayers go out to the family sorry for there lost

  2. Amanda on February 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those involved!

  3. Lori on February 6, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Prayers for the families of both involved :(

  4. James McCabe on February 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Rest in peace Paul……

  5. rico on February 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    prayers for 2 good friends and great coworkers “paul” in haven and “jason” with us!!

  6. CHRIS on February 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm


  7. Patrick on February 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Words can’t even describe how greatly you will be missed Paul. You was best guy I knew. Prayers be with you Jason and your family

  8. randy sansbury on February 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    paul we love you and will miss you dearly GOD Bless You and all your loved ones

  9. Victor Sosa on February 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Prayers for both families, You will be missed Paul my friend R.I.P

  10. Jen and Bubba on February 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go to both of these families!! Our hearts ache for u all!!! RIP Paul!!! And may Jason recover well!!! We send our deepest sympathy and condolences!!!

  11. Someone in pain on February 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

    My prayers go out to both families; God grant you strength in the upcoming days and months. As an outsider who has seen this before, friends and family of Jason – please help with his drinking before any more lives are lost – including his.

  12. Tracy Smith on February 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Prayers for both families. What an unecessary loss. When will people realize alcohol and speed kill. Wake up people !!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Derrick lewis&family on February 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Paul was like my brother/son,great co-worker, goin 2b truely missed, praying for family. Feel the same for Jason,hope he is doin good, praying for his family also!

  14. Rosie on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    My heart goes out to the Burnett family . Stay strong Jason.

  15. David "DOC" Burkhardt on February 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I worked with Paul and knew Jason thru Erection Associates .I also knew Jeremy who was our crane operator and worked for Crane Services. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that has to deal with this traggic and sad event. GOD BLESS!

  16. Matt Mazzella on February 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Paul.. you are deeply missed by all

  17. Anonymous on May 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Both these young men made a horrible decision that costs one their life, the other a lifetime of heartache knowing his good friend is no longer here because of this decision and an 18 month sentence. Love and prayers to both families involved in this horrible trajedy.