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Maryland man sentenced for DUI after manslaughter acquittal

Last year, a Maryland man was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and several related offenses in connection with a fatal car accident in which a 66-year-old man was killed. Two months later, the man was arrested in Anne Arundel County once again, this time for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Although the man was acquitted of vehicular manslaughter, the most serious charge that had been filed against him, he was ultimately convicted of DUI and several other offenses. Recently, he was sentenced on the drunk driving charge, receiving a sentence of one year in jail with all but 10 days suspended, with an order to spend the next five weekends in jail.

He must also comply with five years of supervised probation, during which he must abstain from drinking alcohol or using drugs.

The sentence is somewhat tougher than a standard first-offense DUI sentence, which appears to be due to the man's criminal history. At his recent sentencing hearing, the man was berated for what the judge called "driving like a jerk" just two months after the fatal crash. "I don't intend to punish you for a crime that you were acquitted of," the judge said, "but it strikes me that you really do need a kick in the pants."

The fatal accident took place in late November 2011, and the DUI arrest took place in January 2012. Last month, the man was acquitted of vehicular manslaughter, but found guilty of negligent driving and speeding. It appears that he could face additional jail time when he is sentenced on those charges.

Source: Capital Gazette, "Man acquitted of manslaughter gets 10 days for DUI," Heather Rawlyk, Oct. 14, 2012

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