CARROLL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A repeat drunk driver who ran down and killed a Carroll County teenager lands in court again. This time, he’s accused of getting drunk on probation.
Adam May has exclusive details and emotional reaction.
For the second time, the victim’s family left court disappointed, wondering what’s wrong with our justice system.
“This is prom season. This is my daughter’s senior year,” said Linda Bossler.
Instead of picking out dresses with her daughter, Katie, Bossler spent the day in a courtroom trying to get her daughter’s killer, Kevin Smith, behind bars.
“I just want him to say I did this and it was horrible. I destroyed people’s lives,” Bossler said.
Three years ago, Katie was talking to friends near her driveway in Keymar when Smith, who was drunk, ran off the road. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail with all but 18 months suspended. With good behavior, Smith served less than a year. Then he was released on probation.
Smith’s stepfather was outraged.
“I think in my heart it’s a slap on the wrist. It’s an insult,” said Matthew Wood.
As he feared, Smith is now in trouble for drinking again. A bartender reported the parole violation. She testified that she cut off Kevin Smith after he got drunk at lunch, drinking five beers and barely eating any food.
“I thank her from the bottom of my heart because she stepped up and said what was going on was wrong and she wanted to help,” Bossler said.
In court, a judge could have revoked probation. Instead, Smith was sent back to jail for one more year.
“I think the lack of accountability in the state of Maryland is a joke,” Wood said.
“I don’t think justice could ever be served in this case,” Bossler said.
Smith is back in jail, but with good behavior, he could be out by the end of the year.
While on probation, Smith also failed to complete a treatment program.