Man who pleaded guilty in fatal I-26 crash to be sentenced this month
The man who begged a police officer to kill him after learning that his drunk driving had killed someone else is expected to be sentenced this month.
Samuel McCauley, 20, pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence in May, but a judge deferred his sentencing, which is expected to take place Jan. 18 in Charleston County Circuit Court.
McCauley asked to be locked up while awaiting his sentencing hearing, and he is being held at the Cannon Detention Center.
During his plea hearing, McCauley told the family of 72-year-old Eleanor Caperton, who was killed in the July 24, 2011, crash, that “no one deserves to die the way I killed Eleanor Caperton.”
McCauley drove the wrong way on Interstate 26 near the Crosstown expressway and slammed his car head-on into Capterton’s vehicle.
Caperton, a mother and grandmother, was on her way home to Ladson after working a night shift as a security guard.
After the accident, McCauley reportedly asked an officer in the emergency room to kill him.
“I’m 19. I drank too much. And I killed someone,” he said, according to lawyers for both sides.
McCauley had a blood alcohol level that was more than twice the 0.08 limit, according to prosecutors who spoke at the plea hearing.
Known by friends as Ellie, Caperton worked as a bank teller at First Citizens Bank in Hanahan for more than 50 years, and worked security on weekends.
McCauley faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
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