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Sentence Reduced for Driver in Crash That Killed Magruder Senior and Grads

Survivor: Kevin Coffay fled the scene after the crash.

A panel of judges on Friday reduced the sentence of the driver involved in in Olney in May, according to media reports.

A panel of three judges reduced the sentence for Kevin Coffay, 21, of Rockville, from 20 years to eight years, The Washington Post reported.

ABC7 reported that the new sentence was for 15 years in prison, with seven suspended. Coffay could be eligible for parole next year, ABC7 reported.

Coffay to three counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of failing to remain at the scene of a crash where a death occurred.

Coffay was in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville on Friday under a Maryland law that allows a defendant to contest their sentence without going to an appeals court, The Post reported.

students in bright yellow T-shirts with anti-drunk driving messages packed the courtroom on Friday, ABC7 reported.

Coffay’s bid for a reduced sentence reopened wounds for the victims’ families and throughout the Derwood community, The Post reported in a front-page story on Friday.

The crash occurred about 3 a.m. May 15 along Olney-Laytonsville Road, when, police said, the Toyota Corolla driven by Coffay hit a telephone pole and two trees.

Charles Nardella, 19, of Gaithersburg, the only passenger in the car to survive the crash, reportedly told police that Coffay immediately fled the scene.

Coffay was arrested three-and-a-half hours later after trying to enter his home in the 16700 block of Cutlass Drive in Rockville. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.16—twice the legal limit in Maryland, The Post reported.

Haeley N. McGuire, 18, of the 5600 block of Artesian Drive in Derwood, a Magruder High senior; Spencer Datt, 18, of the 5700 block of Sunrise Hill Road in Derwood; and John Hoover, 20, of the 5800 block of Rolling Drive in Derwood, died.

Stephen Kelley April 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Sickening. The man killed 3 of his friends. And even left them to die while he ran away and hid, too concerned about his future. 40 years wasn't long enough. Family friendships have anything to do with this decision?
Sharon April 21, 2012 at 01:32 AM
The parents were and are absolutely right ON THE MARK with their remarks! The Montgomery County Criminal System has been dysfunctional (remiss) for years. Just take any name from news items of people arrested in MC and check the County Court records. They merely get slaps on the wrists and that even applies to those who have page after page of arrests with most often being repetitive crime catagory. Shame on Montgomery County. I was born and raised in the County and I have, unfortunately, felt frustrated, angry and even ashamed of our court system!!!!
Sharon April 21, 2012 at 03:41 AM
And the real crime is.... He will be eligible for parole after serving one quarter of the sentence, or five years. After that, I think the presiding Judge should be locked up. Hummm!
SOG13 April 21, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Those judges should be thrown off the highest cliff..This kid did not mean this to happen but HIS actions caused these murders..Its that simple, if he didnt drive that night this would not have happened, so there a supposed to be a price to pay..Yes he lives with this constant reminder, but so do the victims families and now they live with and another reminder.. He was set free way way to early by i3 incompident jugdes
Dan April 22, 2012 at 03:22 AM
it's really strange, i looked everywhere for reports of this accident, and nowhere is there mention of the toxicology reports of the kids that died? and the one that survived is suddenly whisked off to a rehab program for "an addiction that he developed in the weeks following the accident?" i mean all the 5 children involved are under age to drink, and they're driving around at 3am? do you know where your parents are? it seemed to me when the first reports came out when he was convicted that he was being vilified to allow the parents and community to hide the fact that these kids were on more than alcohol. wake up, there's a lot of new drugs out there, ecstasy, oxycontin, etc, all added to all the old standards.
Dan April 22, 2012 at 03:33 AM
here's one right here, for example: http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-01-07/news/30603028_1_oxycontin-prescription-drug-abuse-new-pain-pill
Christina April 22, 2012 at 03:57 AM
You say that "it's that simple" and that if he didn't drive that night, this would not have happened. But apparently you don't understand, because it is not simple at all. Anyone could counter you and say that if the other kids hadn't gotten in the car that night, this would not have happened either. The blame can not be put solely on Kevin. I firmly believe that this reduced sentence is a more fair and just sentence. You have no idea the true character of this young man, and therefore you cannot truly judge him. This article was written with the intent to inform others, not for all of you to get kicks out of attacking this young man, his actions, his moral intentions, and his family.
jnrentz1 April 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I do not know the answer to the Drunk Driving problem. Last year I posted a comment in Patch regarding Ms. Melissa Lynn Marvin and the horrific crash she caused in Dare County North Carolina, that resulted in the deaths of four innocent persons. Ms. Marvin received a sentence of sixty (60) years. North Carolina does not have parole, and Ms. Marvin continues to serve her sentence. She has been in prison since 2000. If you care and have time please visit: http://rockville.patch.com/articles/funeral-details-released-for-olney-crash-victims#comments_list http://hamptonroads.com/2009/04/tearful-defendant-apologizes-deaths-4-teens-nc http://hamptonroads.com/2009/04/decade-after-fatal-nc-crash-emotions-remain-strong http://alcoholism.about.com/library/weekly/aa000116a.htm http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=573029 http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2000-02-20/topic/0002220304_1_kitty-hawk-outer-banks-north-carolina
Augusta April 22, 2012 at 06:31 PM
they were all drunk in the car and on no other drugs, charlies addiction is an entirely different and new development after the crash. i can confirm this so please do not spread rumors otherwise. kevin coffay will be eligible for parole on may 15th 2013 after only serving 15 months in jail.
Augusta April 22, 2012 at 06:35 PM
oh and christina, i went to preschool with him and have lived in his neighborhood my whole life and was in his circle of friends along with johnny spencer and haeley. hes no angel and neither were they but there is no way in hell they would have crashed the car and left kevin there to die. thats the difference. they all made mistakes but kevin went to a whole new level and thats what deserves the extra time in jail. he wont even serve a full year per life he took that night. charlie screamed for him to slow down and he didnt listen. this was not a case od distracted drunk driving. just drunk driving.
Dan April 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Well, Augusta, the only reason I got the drugs idea after reading the articles before was when I saw this one: http://www.gazette.net/article/20120105/NEWS/701059873/1007/man-gets-20-years-for-olney-crash-that-killed-three-friends&template=gazette where it said that Kevin had tested positive for oxycontin after the accident and before pretrial. So in other words the two people alive from the wreck both developed addictions after the accident? Or he did it before also? The thing is, it seems that through his pleading guilty he stopped any kind of trial and calling witnesses about who else was also "partying" underage, who could have stopped them from leaving, who could have taken their keys, let the air out of their tires, who was over 21, who supplied the alcohol, who owned the houses, who else drove/rode home drunk, etc. So it would seem in a way he actually took the fall for everyone else. That's another way of "taking it to another level."
Dan April 23, 2012 at 12:54 AM
It's really common in those situations for everyone to look for one person to pin it all on. It's called scapegoating. Also, it strikes me that a few of the parents of the kids that died are attorneys in the county. This case seems really interesting because it reminds of shows I've seen lately about people who are promised a deal by a DA to plead guilty in exchange for a lesser charge or penalty. But then the judge won't listen to the DA's recommendations and instead makes a severe decision. So he might have very well made the decision to take the blame on his own rather than trying to water down his guilt by pointing at where the alcohol came from, etc, and then was shocked at the 20 years.
Dan April 23, 2012 at 01:00 AM
So what I'm saying is, is be careful about stating your knowledge of the events that happened, particularly on a public forum, because when and if the day comes when he decides to file a civil countersuit, which he probably won't, or the deceased' parents decide that it wasn't enough to go after him since they couldn't really totally burn him, and start looking around for other guilty (or involved) parties... What you just said above is the first evidence I've seen about how drunk the other kids were. If that kind of thing were to have been drawn out in front of a court, how messed up the other underage kids were, how many of them also drove home drunk, it starts to look less like he's the villain, and more like the others were just lucky that night. I imagine the statute of limitations on these cases goes for a pretty while. In the meanwhile, the people who are so ready to "hang Him High!" may want to consider getting the other persons involved, other party goers, alcohol suppliers, mutual drunk drivers, etc, to band together and sign petitions etc and state their commitment to change regarding drugs (of which alcohol is one) in the community. You know, apply the others' lack of cowardice, that you accuse him of having.
John Seng April 23, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Good grief, when will people stop drinking and driving? How many lives? Bob Dylan could write new lyrics to "Blowin' In The Wind." That's the answer...
roger perez April 25, 2012 at 02:19 AM
not sure why any of what your saying is at all relevant to the facts!!!! kevin coffay drove wasted and killed three people! fled the scene while she was still alive!! all else is completely irrelevant! villafy?? the reduction of the sentence for kevins crime is horriffic!! and let me remind you that these parents lost their children!!!! they are dead!!!! so it might do you some good to remember what happened a year ago!!!!
Dan May 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
@Roger, this is an example of why, an epidemic of pills and accidents. as soon as i read that Coffay tested positive for oxycontin, it took it to an another level: http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/07/11542417-how-florida-brothers-pill-mill-operation-fueled-painkiller-abuse-epidemic?lite
jenna June 08, 2013 at 01:14 PM
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