Germantown man pleads guilty in fatal car crash Sentencing set for October

August 04, 1993|By Staff Report

A Germantown man pleaded guilty yesterday in Howard County District Court to homicide with a vehicle while intoxicated.

William Scott Marcellino, who was charged with vehicular manslaughter on Dec. 16, 1992, was driving his 1987 Dodge truck west on Route 108 when it crossed the center line and struck a 1986 Toyota sedan head on, police said.

The driver of the Toyota, Saleem Alam Shah, 60, of the 100 block of Hillside Road in Catonsville, died six days after the Nov. 19 jTC incident. Police said breath tests showed Marcellino's blood-alcohol level was 0.11 percent, above Maryland's legal limit of 0.10 percent.

Marcellino faces five years in jail and a $3,000 penalty for the charge. As part of a plea bargain, the charge was reduced from the original charge of vehicular manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and a $5,000 penalty. The charges for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and all other related charges were dropped as part of the agreement.

District Judge Lenore Gelfman will sentence Marcellino Oct. 29. She ordered a presentence investigation and placed him under supervision of the drunken drivers' monitor program.

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