18-month term given in fatal car accident

Mother of two was drunk when she killed man, 30, days before his wedding

April 08, 2003|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A drunken driver who killed a man just days before he was to be married was ordered yesterday to spend 18 months in jail after the judge said that he was unable to consider an unusual sentencing request by the victim's mother.

Kimberly Ann Honaker, a mother of two who had pleaded guilty to automobile manslaughter in February, will be allowed to leave jail to go to work under Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck's sentence.

The judge also placed Honaker, 31, of Glen Burnie on five years' probation that includes speaking about the fatal crash to area groups.

"There was nothing he was going to do that would make us happy. There is nothing he could do to replace Donny," said Ann Leyendecker, the mother of Donald Glenn Meadows, who died after the crash March 31 last year. "I came because I don't want her to kill anyone else."

In court, Leyendecker suggested that Honaker be jailed one week a year for 10 years - a sentence that would not comply with state law. Leyendecker also responded to a question by Honaker's lawyer about a long period of weekend-only jail time by saying that such a sentence would make it difficult for Honaker to raise her children.

In emotional remarks in a packed courtroom, Leyendecker described the sorrow of taking her 30-year-old son off life support two days before his wedding and said she did not seek revenge, but wanted justice and wanted Honaker to stop drinking.

Manck told her that he was powerless to structure the sentence she sought, but lauded her strength and her consideration of Honaker's children.

Honaker tearfully asked Meadows' family and friends to forgive her. She said a characterization of her as a person who partied a lot was false and that she lives to raise her two teen-age daughters, who will stay with a friend while she is incarcerated.

Her lawyer, William Mulford II, described Honaker as a cancer survivor and single mother who works hard to raise two daughters.

Honaker's blood-alcohol level was 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, when she drove through a stop sign on Gambrills Road and into the driver's-side door of Meadows' car, said Shelly A. Stickell, assistant state's attorney. Meadows, who was returning from an evening with his brother and stepfather.

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