Convicted teen allowed to stay on probation

January 03, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

An 18-year-old Mount Airy resident given house arrest in connection with a June 1993 accident in which his sister and two friends were killed was allowed to continue his probation yesterday after being caught with marijuana.

But Judge Francis M. Arnold warned Donny Eugene Simms that one more infraction could find the young man out of luck.

"You not only let yourself and the court down, but all the family and friends who supported you," Judge Arnold told Simms, who violated probation by failing to complete counseling, failing to report to his probation officer and being convicted for possession of marijuana in Montgomery County.

On June 6, 1993, Simms was driving a stolen car loaded with seven other teen-agers when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed near a bridge over the Liberty Reservoir.

Six were thrown into the road, killing Simms' sister, Donna, and Dink Diggs of Mount Airy and Christopher Norris of Marriottsville. All three were 15 years old.

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