A Phoenix man convicted of second-degree murder for the 2010 fatal car accident death of a woman, has today been given the maximum prison sentence allowable under Arizona law for such a crime.
On October 22, 2010, driving east on Pinnacle Peak Road around the 6200 East area, 43-year-old David Mark Buot veered his SUV into oncoming traffic, causing a violent head-on collision which killed 49-year-old Christine Anderson.
She was on her way to play tennis.
Investigators have stated that it appeared that Buot had intentionally crossed the middle line in an apparent attempt to commit suicide.
Buot, however, claimed that he swerved to try to avoid something in the road. The problem was that, after a lengthy investigation and eyewitness acounts, there was no indication that there was anything in the road at the time of the car accident. Investigators also found no mechanical problems with Buot's SUV.
Phoenix Police Department detectives determined that Buot had intentionally caused this car wreck in a failed suicide attempt after learning from friends of his family that he had "serious anger management issues and argued frequently with his wife". It was further reported that he had threatened his wife with suicide by oncoming traffic multiple times and was arguing with her shortly before the incident.
After receiving this new information, and linking it with evidence from the scene of the crime, Phoenix Police Department detectives determined that Buot had intentionally caused this car wreck in his failed suicide attempt.
In February of 2011, a Maricopa County Grand Jury returned a guilty verdict for second-degree murder for intentionally causing the victim's death. The jury deliberated for less than an hour.
Anderson is said to have left behind a husband and three sons.
As a Phoenix car accident lawyer, you can't help but feel that the right verdict was delivered today. In my opinion, for Buot to have committed such a cowardly act warrants the maximum sentence, which he received.
Being a Phoenix wrongful death attorney, you wonder whether there will be a wrongful death claim in the future
We hope that the family and friends of this accident can feel some greater semblance of peace than they did before this day.