Repeat Drunken Driver Sentenced To Six Years

January 15, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A South County man with a history of alcohol-related driving offenses was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday for auto manslaughter and drunken driving convictions stemming from a fatal accident in March 1990.

Raymond Lewis Stallings Jr., 30, of Tracys Landing, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but six suspended, said Assistant State's Attorney Frederick M. Paone.

Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner also fined Stallings $2,000 and placed him on five years' supervised probation on release, the prosecutor said. He added that Stallings will be prohibited from driving while on probation. Lerner found Stallings guilty on all counts, including homicide by a motor vehicle while intoxicated, after a two-day court trial in November. After the trial, Lerner revoked Stallings' bond and ordered him held pending sentencing.

Stallings had been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in 1983 and had been granted probation before judgment on a similar charge in 1989 in Calvert County, Paone said. Stallings had a week left on the one-year probation he received in Calvert County when he was involved in the fatalcollision March 22 in Tracys Landing, Paone said.

Stallings was westbound on Deale Road near Franklin Gibson Road at about 1:15 p.m. whenhe crossed the center line and collided with a Chevrolet Monte Carlodriven by Michael Kennedy, 38, of Deale. The Monte Carlo was pinned against a guardrail and Stallings' Ford pickup truck was airborne before landing upside down.

Kennedy died of massive internal injuriesen route to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.

Paone said Stallings, a carpenter, apparently had been drinking after working a late-night shift the night before the crash. Tests taken after the crash showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.149 percent, Paone said.

Under state law, a blood-alcohol level of 0.07 percent is considered proof of driving under the influence;a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent or more is considered proof ofdriving while intoxicated.

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