Judge denies man's request for reduction of sentence He was given 18 months for vehicular homicide

November 19, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A North Carroll man serving 18 months in jail for homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated was denied a reduction of his sentence yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Jeremiah L. Walsh, 20, of Schalk Road No. 2 in Millers was convicted in May of killing a county roads worker who was clearing debris from Tropical Depression Fran in 1996. Walsh was sentenced to five years with all but 18 months suspended and was allowed work-release.

The victim was William Brown, 60, of Hampstead, who was called out Sept. 6 by the Bureau of Roads Operations to block off flooded roads and clear trees in Hampstead and Manchester.

He was driving with a co-worker on Route 27 near Albert Rill Road about 5: 30 a.m. Sept. 7, 1996, when Walsh's 1988 Ford Ranger crossed the center line and hit their 1990 Ranger head-on.

Brown was dead at the scene. Walsh had a 0.10 percent blood-alcohol level, according to the statement of facts read in court.

Judge Francis M. Arnold heard yesterday that Walsh has served six months of his sentence and has been a model prisoner while participating in work-release.

Martha A. Sitterding, a Westminster lawyer representing Walsh, said her client expects to go before the parole board soon. She said he borrowed more than $6,000 from his family to pay restitution to the victim's family.

Sitterding asked Arnold to grant the motion so that her client could work more hours and pay off his debts more quickly.

Linda Brown, the victim's widow, told Arnold she opposed Walsh's request, noting the impact of her suddenly becoming a single parent raising a teen-ager.

In rejecting modification, Arnold called the original sentence lenient. He said he thought Walsh would be a productive member of the community and would be paroled soon enough.

Lt. William Thomas of the Carroll County sheriff's office said prisoners serving 18 months and earning time off for good behavior typically go before the parole board after serving one-fourth to one-half of their terms, depending on the seriousness of their crimes.

Pub Date: 11/19/97

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