The teenager accused of killing two of his friends in a car crash will have to wait a few more weeks to be sentenced.
Dominique Young will now be evaluated to see if he is eligible for a youthful offender program through the Virginia Department of Corrections.
A Roanoke County judge was supposed to sentence Young Wednesday, but it was delayed so he can get an evaluation. In order for him to be evaluated, Young needed to plead guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
That happened on Wednesday.
“It’s one of those sentencing options that would be available for the court,” said Aaron Lavinder.
Lavinder is the Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Roanoke County.
“As the judge said he wanted to make sure all sentencing options were available for both sides. For the Commonwealth and the defendant before making his sentencing decision.”
Young will now be sentenced on July 29.
The maximum sentence for each charge is 10 years in prison, according to Lavinder.
Family members of the victims were in court Wednesday. They told WDBJ 7 they are anxious for the sentencing. They said it's been a tough few months and they are hopeful the sentencing will bring closure to them.
Young was driving the car that crashed in a residential neighborhood on Merriman Road near Cave Spring High School in November. Danial Buckner, 18, of Franklin County, and Jefferson Elliott, 20, of Southwest Roanoke, died at the scene of the crash.
In May, the Commonwealth’s Attorney agreed to drop the charge for unauthorized use of a vehicle.
According to the Roanoke Police Department, Buckner and Elliott were in the backseat of the car. They were not wearing seat belts.
The front passenger survived.
The car flipped and snapped a power pole in half, before skidding across two yards.
Investigators say speed played a factor in the crash.