[UPDATE] Brother Sentenced in Deadly DUI Crash

By: FHP Release; Donnitra Gilbert; Julie Montanaro; James Beuchele Email
By: FHP Release; Donnitra Gilbert; Julie Montanaro; James Beuchele Email

Tallahassee, FL October 2, 2012, 6:07pm - A drunk driving crash will send a man to prison for the death of his own brother.

Local football star Erik Walden was killed last September 2011, his brother, Anthony, was behind the wheel that night. He has been sentenced for DUI manslaughter.

Anthony Walden was sentenced to four years in prison for the crash that killed his younger brother.

Erik Walden was a former star quarterback at Thomas County Central High School.

He was killed in a crash off of North Meridian Road in Leon County last September. Troopers say Anthony was driving drunk when he lost control of their car and slammed into a tree.

Walden was sentenced to four years in prison - that's the minimum for DUI manslaughter. He'll serve another five years on probation after that.


Previous Story October 2, 2012 - A military man finds out how long he will stay behind bars.

Anthony Walden plead no contest in July to DUI manslaughter that killed his brother

28 year old Anthony Walden was sentenced to Four years on a DUI manslaughter charge and five years probation once released, in the crash that killed his younger brother Erik.

The accident happened in September in 2011 on Meridian road. Several friends who were in the car and survived actually spoke for Walden today asking the judge for lenience.

You could see Walden get very emotional when his father asked the judge to give the minimum sentence then it was his turn. He apologized to family and friends for putting them through this. He wore his Army uniform during the process.

Obviously a sad ending for a family in grieving.


October 2, 2012 4:24 pm - Anthony Walden sentenced to minimum 4 years in prison plus five years probation after time served.


Previous Story July 16, 2012 - Anthony Walden entered a no contest plea to DUI manslaughter charges this afternoon in the death of his brother, Erik.

Walden faces between four and 22 years in prison at sentencing.

Attorneys are comparing calendars before setting a sentencing date.


Previous Story July 16, 2012 - Anthony Walden could enter a plea at a court hearing this afternoon in connection with a crash that killed his younger brother Erik Walden.

Erik Walden used to be a star quarterback at Thomas County Central High School.

Anthony Walden is accused of driving under the influence when his Monte Carlo crashed on North Meridian Road back in September 2011.

Erik Walden and two other men were passengers in the car that night.


Previous Story January 10, 2011 - A man accused in the drunk driving death of his own brother is back in Tallahassee to face charges.

Anthony Walden was booked into the Leon County Jail Monday night and released on bond about an hour later.

He was initially arrested in North Carolina just before Christmas.

Walden is accused of DUI manslaughter in the death of his younger brother.

Erik Walden who was a former star quartberack with the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets.

The crash happened on North Meridian Road on September 17, 2011.

Troopers said there was a strong odor of alcohol in the car that night and there were also several alcoholic beverage containers in the Monte Carlo.

Arrest papers show Anthony Walden's blood alcohol level was .092 when he was tested at the hospital nearly three hours after the crash.

Arrest papers say the Walden brothers and two other men had attended the Central - Cairo football game earlier that night.


Previous Story January 5th, 2012 - On December 20th, 2011, at 4:40 p.m., Anthony Jerome Walden was arrested on the following charges in Cumberland County, North Carolina in relation to the crash he was involved in on September 17th, 2011.

Walden is charged with DUI Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, DUI Personal Injury, DUI Property Damage.


Previous Story September 20, 2011- Almost 10 years ago, Erik Walden quarterbacked the Thomas County Yellow Jackets to back-to-back semifinal appearances and that's how he will always be remembered.

Florida Highway Patrol says Walden died in a single car crash over the weekend. He was the passenger at the time. The vehicle was driven by his older brother Anthony Walden, the two were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Around 11 o'clock Sunday morning Erik passed away.

"Just a shame, such a talented God-given ability with his athleticism, but also a quality young man," says Walden's former teacher Randy Young.

Funeral arrangements have not been set. Anthony Walden is said to still be in critical condition.


Previous Story September 18, 2011 - On Sunday morning September 18th, 2011, one of the passengers, Erik Walden succumbed to the injuries he sustained from the crash. Erik Walden was pronounced deceased at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital by doctors Dr. Muhnand Al Hasan and Dr. Christopher Rumana at 10:55 a.m.

See attached updated press release for more details.


Previous Story September 17, 2011 - Former Yellow Jacket Quarterback Remembered.

FHP says 27-year-old Anthony Walden of Thomasville was driving a two door Chevrolet when he crossed over the middle lane and hit a tree.

Walden and three passengers were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Anthony and Erik Walden, also from Thomasville, are currently listed as being in critical condition.

See attached press release for more details.


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  • by ajwaldenfannnderikwaldennfann Location: thomasville.georgia on Apr 13, 2012 at 08:07 AM
    Aj Did mean to kill erik please let it go......Get a Life Anonymous who ever you are Lay Off do you know hym or everything he is going through.....Stop Acting Like A Selfish Person...Dang
  • by Anonymous Location: thomasville on Jan 25, 2012 at 04:10 AM
    let our family get some relief and let erik rest in peace.if god did not mean for this to happen it would not have happened.erik would not blame aj. for his death it was just his time to go.
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      by GEORGIA on Jan 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM in reply to
      I CAN SAY AMEN TO THAT!!!
  • by travis Location: thomasville ga on Jan 12, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    first of all my prayers goes out to his family..i fell aj has suffered enough and should not have to go through a trial...well i pray for u and your family.. love
  • by ktarri bryant Location: pavo on Jan 11, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    my prayers goes out to the walden family and to aj i mean really this man didnt mean to kill his brother why to people have so much negative things to say bout aj he is just a good person and also was erik everybody miss erik aj you are in my prayers aj and the family is going through alot if you dont have nothing good to say to the family keep your comments to yourself
  • by Georgia Location: thomasville on Jan 10, 2012 at 03:39 PM
    IF YOU HAVE NOTHING POSITIVE TO SAY I THINK YOUR COMMENT ISN'T NEEDED AT THIS TIME, YOUR PRAYERS ARE GREATLY APPERCIATED THOUGH...SHOW THE FAMILY RESPECT PLEASE..& PUT URSELF IN AJ SHOES...
  • by SERIOUSLY on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    I see this update is getting a lot of heated attention. If the family isn't holding any type of blame against this young man, you nay sayers, should not even worry or be concerned. I apologize for everyone that has made any ill statements that may have offended the family. I pray that the family, friends and nay sayers grow a personal relationship with God and give him the opportunity to do what the word says. Please remove the plank from your eye because this could have been a situation that any of us could of been in but God chose this family. Again, praying for strength and patience to get through this difficult time for the Walden Family and other victims of this accident. May you all be blessed, friends or foe! God knows best!
  • by Angela Location: Thomasville on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:12 AM
    First let us be mindful of the things we say....This is not a debate session! All of the critical comments need to be voided. AJ would not have killed his brother. This was ACCIDENT ! Could it have been avoided....YES it could have... but it did not happen the way we feel it should have happen because our CREATOR GOD ALMIGHTY did not see fit for it to happen.AJ will suffer for the rest of his life. He lost his Brother and Best Friend. We can not imagine what he is feeling.Those without SIN please cast the first stone.. None of us walk on water. There has only been one and that is Jesus himself.I truly LOVE Erik E. Walden and was blessed to have been a part of his life.But to put blame on AJ is not the answer. God states there is a time to live and a time to die and unfortuately it was ERIK'S time to die. We can not cheat life or DEATH!!!! It was predestined on 10-26-1985 that the death of ERIK WALDEN would happen on 09-17-11... and it hurts like HELL.....So instead of pointing the finger, being so crittical and judgemental of AJ (whoever you are) say a kind word something uplifting....Only Love can conquer any mishap that life can bring.Whether from a stranger, friend or family a word of encourgement is best at this time....so simple minded people and people that has never sinned keep your comments to yourself.AJ is dealing with enough!!!! The entire Walden family epecially AJ and Jouvanie, my prayers are with you.It may look gloomy now but always remember the sun will shine again. I Love you guys
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      by GEORGIA on Jan 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM in reply to Angela
      I AGREE WITH YOU ANGELA..
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        by Common on Jan 11, 2012 at 08:15 AM in reply to GEORGIA
        This was so eloquently, well said!!!!
  • by Kim on Jan 8, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    He hasn't said he wasnt drunk....i think living with killing your brother would be bad enough
  • by Jeremy Location: Thomasville on Jan 7, 2012 at 03:02 PM
    I was in the car none of this was suppose to happen if you all dont have nothing nice to say dont say nothing
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      by ktarri bryant on Jan 11, 2012 at 01:41 PM in reply to Jeremy
      i agree with you jeremy
  • by Jeremy Location: Thomasville on Jan 7, 2012 at 02:51 PM
    I was in the car none of this was suppose if you all dont have nothing nice to say dont say nothing
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