Man given work release in drunken driving death

October 21, 1994|By From Staff Reports

A Glen Burnie man was sentenced in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday to six months' work release and one year under house arrest for killing a man in a 1993 traffic accident on the Baltimore Beltway.

Samuel Joseph Bianco, 38, of the first block of Elm Drive also was sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

Bianco, a service manager for a trucking company, entered an Alford plea to homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated Aug. 16.

An Alford plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt, but acknowledges the state would have sufficient evidence to convict him if the case were tried.

Clarence Dubose, 47, of the 4100 block of Woodhaven Ave., Baltimore, was killed the evening of March 8, 1993, at the Route 648 entrance ramp to the outer loop of the Beltway in Ferndale.

Police said Bianco's 1985 Dodge Caravan slammed into Mr. Dubose as the victim was trying to fix a flat tire on his 1975 Ford in the Beltway's acceleration lane.

Bianco registered .05 in a blood alcohol test administered at the accident scene, but registered a .14 blood alcohol reading when his blood was checked two hours later at Maryland General Hospital, according to court records. The legal limit for drivers in Maryland is .10.

Ronald Kurland, Bianco's lawyer, said that the first reading was given from a hand-held portable test kit used by a police officer at the accident scene and the second score was from a blood sample taken at the hospital.

Bianco had faced up to five years for the offense, said Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler.

But a state Parole and Probation investigator recommended in a presentence report that Bianco, who had no criminal record and repeatedly expressed his remorse, be sentenced to house arrest.

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