Man linked to fatal car crash paroled

March 26, 1995|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

The Maryland Parole Commission has released the Mount Airy man who bought malt liquor for a group of teen-agers who later crashed a stolen car along Liberty Road, killing three of them.

Milton Stanley Bowens Jr., 25, was paroled March 14 after serving about half his six-month sentence on a reckless endangerment conviction tied to the fatal accident June 6, 1993.

"He's doing just fine, just fine," Mr. Bowens' mother, Gloria Bowens, said Friday of her son.

A Carroll jury in October convicted Mr. Bowens of reckless endangerment and furnishing alcohol to minors. In December, Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced Mr. Bowens to three years in prison, but suspended 2 1/2 years of the term and ordered him to spend six months in the Carroll County Detention Center.

The jury's verdict -- reached after a two-day trial in which Mr. Bowens represented himself -- supported the prosecution's contention that he bought a case of 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor and gave it to two of eight teen-agers who crammed into a stolen car.

A few hours later, the car flipped over on Liberty Road near the Carroll-Baltimore County line. Six of the teens were thrown onto the road as the car landed on its roof. The wreck claimed the lives of Donna Simms, Eric "Dink" Diggs and Christopher Norris. All three victims were 15.

The unlicensed driver, Donny Simms, was the key prosecution witness against Mr. Bowens, who is his cousin. Donna Simms was Donny's sister, and the boys who died were his best friends.

Donny Simms, who was 16 at the time, pleaded guilty to automobile manslaughter. He completed a sentence of one year under house arrest and is performing 500 hours of community service. He will not be allowed to drive for two more years.

Mr. Bowens denied that he furnished the alcohol to Simms and the other youths. At his sentencing hearing, he asked Judge Burns to spare him a jail term.

Since his release, he has been living in Mount Airy with his parents, who had been taking care of his 4-year-old son.

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