Gazette – Former FBI agent sentenced to 18 months for killing teen in drunk driving case

A recent court hearing left a sour taste in the mouths of many attending the sentencing for a former FBI agent who was convicted of motor vehicle manslaughter, striking and killing an 18-year-old while driving under the influence of alcohol. The man convicted was sentenced to 18 months in prison. I’m sure someone somewhere following the case was saying,”Today there are no winners,” as the county’s state’s attorney says often in these types of outcomes. Here’s a snippet of my reporting.

Former FBI agent sentenced to 18 months for killing teen in drunk driving case

Brandywine youth, 18, was struck by speeding off-duty official

In a tear-filled, standing-room only courtroom, a former FBI agent convicted of killing a Brandywine teen in a drunk driving collision was sentenced to 18-months in prison.

Adrian Johnson, 37, was charged with vehicular manslaughter and related charges after striking a vehicle driven by Lawrence Garner Jr., 18, as he was leaving a Brandywine community park on North Keys Road in February 2011.

Johnson of Brandywine was found to have been driving 18 miles over the 40 miles per hour speed limit while off-duty and produced a .25 blood alcohol level during a breathalyzer test — more than three times the .08 legal limit.

Garner was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger and friend, Robert Mitchell, 19, sustained life-threatening injuries and has since recovered.

During Friday’s sentencing in Upper Marlboro with Prince George’s Circuit Court judge Michael Pearson, state prosecutor Sam Danai noted a 2006 alcohol-related traffic offense where Johnson was charged, but the case was dismissed. He said if Johnson had not been drinking or speeding, the collision could have never occurred and Garner could be alive today.

“In this instance, Mr. Johnson chose to not do what he knew what was right,” Danai said. “The vehicle was a weapon, just as much as a knife, just as much as a gun.”

Johnson’s defense attorney Robert Bonsib said his client is a “good man who made a terrible mistake.”

“One matter of a few seconds has changes a lot of lives in this case,” Bonsib said. “Spending 10 years in jail is not going to bring anybody back.”

Some of Garner’s family members and friends spoke before the sentencing was announced.

“The impact of losing my son, JR, my namesake, my best friend, my everything, is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my life,” said Garner’s father, Lawrence Garner Sr.

The full article can be found at gazette.net.

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