Amy Bolte sat virtually motionless as witnesses testified and her attorney told of the depression and guilt she felt over her role in the automobile manslaughter death of a 3-year-old Reisterstown boy.
Then Bolte, 21, of Pikesville, stood, and in a barely audible voice, yesterday told a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge that the only thing she could say was that she was sorry.
Judge Leonard S. Jacobson, saying he had to send a message to those who drink and drive, then sentenced Bolte to five years in prison in connection with the alcohol-related accident which took the life of Ryan Garth Davis Shanahan.
"She had opportunity to get control of her life," Jacobson said of Bolte, who had two previous drug-related convictions. "I am not persuaded she should be given another chance.
According to a statement of facts read into the record by Cox, Bolte's blood alcohol level the night of the accident was .17 percent. The state considers any driver with a blood-alcohol level at .07 to be driving under the influence of alcohol or at .10 to be intoxicated.
Driving her 1974 Chevy Camaro south on High Falcon Road about 7:30 p.m. July 8, Bolte failed to negotiate a turn onto Timber Grove Road. The car struck a curb and went up an embankment, striking Ryan.
The boy was struck by the left front bumper and dragged further until the car struck a tree, Cox read. He died of a extensive head injuries and a ruptured spleen.