DeLand, FL-The man who intentionally rammed his vehicle into a woman and her horse here has been sentenced to 5 years in state prison.
Christopher Todd, 21-years-old at the time of the incident, drove into a group of horses and riders in February 2015 near the St. Johns River after an argument with one of the riders. Todd had said a rider used a racial slur and yelled at him about driving near the horses. He took the witness stand today and told the court he “didn’t” hear a racial slur.
His vehicle hit and killed a horse and injured the rider. That rider, Chloe Sloan, suffered a broken collarbone. Sloan was not the rider who used the racial slur and yelled at Todd.
Todd appeared before Circuit Judge James R. Clayton at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand today.
Sloan took the stand at his sentencing today and estimated Todd was driving around 60 miles an hour at the time of the incident. She told the court the horse, named Ellie Mae, took “80 to 90 percent” of the impact from the truck. The woman who yelled the slur and argued with Todd also took the stand.
Witnesses said Todd then drove his vehicle in circles around the dying horse and pointed the headlights into the woods where Sloan was hiding.
Todd was stopped for speeding only hours later near Seville and deputies found horse hair in the grill of the vehicle.
The riders were able to identify his truck.
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