Executive given 6 months in jail in 1998 auto manslaughter case

Serio is also sentenced to year of home detention

June 03, 1999|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

An executive for a baking goods company who pleaded guilty to drunken driving and automobile manslaughter charges was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to six months in jail and a year of home detention.

Robert L. Serio, executive vice president of Frank A. Serio & Sons, will serve the six months in the Baltimore County Detention Center for an accident Oct. 8 in which a Timonium woman was thrown from Serio's Porsche convertible in a crash on York Road near Sparks.

Serio, who admitted walking from his burning car without telling emergency personnel that he had a passenger in the vehicle, was also sentenced to five years' supervised probation, the first year in home detention, prosecutors said.

Friends and family members of Serio and the woman killed in the crash, Stacy L. Corbin, packed the courtroom during the two-hour sentencing hearing yesterday before Judge J. William Hinkel.

Assistant State's Attorney Andrew Alperstein described Serio's conduct after the accident as "outrageous."

"The defendant just continually made misleading statements to the authorities," Alperstein said after the sentencing. "That caused a lot of pain for the victim's family."

Calls to Serio's lawyer, William N. Butler, were not returned yesterday.

Corbin's body was found in a nearby stream after the accident. At his trial in April, Serio admitted lying to police and nurses at Sinai Hospital, telling them that Corbin had been driving the car at the time of the crash.

The night of the accident, prosecutors said, Serio and his girlfriend had been drinking at Kaos, a bar in the Baynesville area of Baltimore County, when they met Corbin, who was a bartender, and a third woman.

The four went to Serio's home in the Loveton Farms area of Sparks, where Corbin asked for a ride in Serio's Porsche 911. Investigators said Serio drove south on York Road, south of Quaker Bottom Road, at speeds of at least 85 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Tests showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15, well above the legal limit, officials said.

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