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Boonsboro man released from prison after serving two weeks in alcohol-related trafffic death

April 01, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Bryan May
Bryan May

A Boonsboro man who pleaded guilty to causing the death of another man in an alcohol-related traffic accident last year was released from prison Monday after serving fewer than two weeks of a four-year sentence.

Bryan May, 45, of 103 Tiger Way, appeared before Judge Daniel P. Dwyer on Monday in Washington County Circuit Court for a sentence-modification hearing.

The terms of May’s release were agreed upon during a hearing in Circuit Court on March 19, when May pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal negligent manslaughter vehicle/vessel and driving/attempting to drive a vehicle while under the influence. In exchange for his plea, a number of other charges were dropped.

The charges stemmed from a July 26, 2012, traffic accident that claimed the life of Bradley Christman, who was from Wisconsin, but lived in Waynesboro, Pa., at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

May’s pickup truck crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck that Christman was driving on Mapleville Road near Pacer Avenue.

At the March hearing, May was given a four-year prison sentence, but attorneys worked out a deal that reduced the time he would serve.

Dwyer said during the hearing in March that May’s blood-alcohol concentration of .08 barely qualified for a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Dwyer further stated that May had no criminal record until the accident.

“This isn’t murder. This wasn’t premeditated ... This was an accident,” Dwyer said at the time.

May also was ordered to serve nine months of home detention upon his release from prison and to perform 100 hours of community service. In addition, he was ordered to pay $11,621.49 in restitution to Christman’s family.

The amount of the restitution covered the cost of Christman’s funeral and his family’s traveling expenses from their home in Wisconsin to Washington County.

Dwyer also suspended $6,000 in fines and gave May permission to serve his probation in Frederick County, Md., because the defense said he works there, which would make it easier for him to report.

May addressed the court Monday.

“I have learned a lot over the last two weeks,” he said of his time in prison. “It was an eye-opener ... You won’t see me again.”

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