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Hagerstown man enters Alford plea in Memorial Day incident

Cory Scott Kuczynski, serving jail time on charges from a fatal accident, was fined $100

August 16, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A Hagerstown man serving 15 months in jail on charges from a 2010 fatal accident entered an Alford plea Tuesday in Washington County District Court to a charge stemming from a Memorial Day incident at his home.

Cory Scott Kuczynski, 26, of 17544 Gay St., entered the plea to a charge of failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order from a law enforcement officer, and was fined $100 by Judge James Vaughn, attorney D. Benson Thompson III said after the hearing. Related charges of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct were dismissed, he said.

"What he admitted the state could prove is he didn't go in his house when the trooper told him to go in," Thompson said.

An Alford plea means a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Assistant State's Attorney Leon Debes said after the hearing that the plea was "a fair disposition" of the case.

At about 2 a.m. May 30, a Maryland State Police trooper went to the Gay Street home for complaints about fireworks, the statement of probable cause said. The trooper found a group of people outside and told a man, later identified as Kuczynski, "to take the party inside," the document said.

Kuczynski allegedly argued with the trooper and pushed him, the charging document said.

Kuczynski pleaded guilty in April to driving under the influence and failing to stop immediately at the scene of a May 6, 2010, crash on Sharpsburg Pike. A passenger in another car, Danielle Paikin of Newark, Del., died in the accident.

The crash occurred when a car crossed into the opposing lane on Sharpsburg Pike and hit the car in which Paikin was riding, court documents said. Kuczynski's car then struck the car in which she was riding, court documents said.

Kuczynski was awaiting sentencing on the accident charges when the May 30 incident took place.

A blood test administered by a private physician about four hours after the May 30 incident showed Kuczynski had no alcohol in his system, Thompson said.

Debes said he did not see the test results, adding that Kuczynski was not charged with being intoxicated.

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