Drunken Driver Who Skipped Sentencing Apprehended at Md. Hotel

WASHINGTON — The man who failed to show up for sentencing in a 2014 drunken driving crash that killed five people was apprehended Monday in a hotel on Allentown Road, in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Sharon Taylor, communications director with the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators had spent the weekend looking for Kenneth Kelley, the 27-year-old D.C. man who did not appear at a sentencing hearing Friday, May 12.

Taylor said the weekend search centered on the District and Virginia, where Kelley has lived in the past.

On Monday, armed with a new tip, the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Marshals Captial Area Regional Fugitive Task Force learned that Kelley was at the unspecified hotel.

According to Taylor, agents watched him go into the hotel and arrested him there.

Taylor said the apprehension went smoothly, and no weapons were found on the scene.

Kelley faced up to 50 years in prison for the 2014 crash, in which five people died.

He had pleaded guilty to 28 counts in the crash, including negligent manslaughter and drunken driving.

John Erzen, spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office said Taylor is now also charged with failure to appear.

It’s unclear whether he will face any other additional charges associated with not being in court for sentencing.

The circumstances surrounding Kelley’s disappearance are still not clear. Prosecutors are reviewing transcripts to determine whether Kelley had ever been ordered outfitted with a GPS monitor.

Initially, prosecutors believed he had.

Kelley is being held without bond, pending sentencing, Erzen said.

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