Lockport Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter in Death of Brandon Roach
By: Staff Reporter
Niagara County District Attorney Brian D. Seaman announced on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022, that Thomas R. Townsend, 24, of Lockport, entered a guilty plea today in Niagara County Court to one count of Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “D” felony.
The plea resulted from an investigation by the Lockport Police Department concerning a motor vehicle crash in the City of Lockport on May 6, 2021. Townsend admitted to operating a pickup truck while intoxicated and causing the death of Brandon Roach, 22, of Lockport, who was his passenger. The police investigation determined that Townsend’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on Glenwood Ave. when it left the roadway, struck a tree, and traveled down an embankment.
Townsend returns to court for sentencing before the Hon. Caroline A. Wojtaszek on May 3, 2022. At the request of Mr. Roach’s family Judge Wojtaszek agreed to sentence Townsend to a combination of incarceration and probation. The case was prosecuted by Vehicular Crimes Bureau Chief John Granchelli.