Circuit court judge sentences man to 10 years for killing cop

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ROCKVILLE – A circuit court judge sentenced a man to 10 years in prison Thursday for vehicular manslaughter after he drove drunk and fatally struck former Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta last year.

Leotta stood outside his car on a traffic stop when Olney resident Luis Gustavo Reluzco, 47, drove into him Dec. 3, 2015. Leotta died one week later.

Reluzco received the maximum penalty allowed by Maryland law. He said he supported the judge’s decision.

“It was the appropriate sentence,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy. “This was his fourth alcohol-related offense dating back decades.”


Noah’s Law takes effect in Maryland

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ROCKVILLE – A new law intended to curb drunken driving went into effect in Maryland on October 1, 10 months after a drunk driver struck and killed Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta.

“Noah’s Law” expands the ignition interlock installation requirements of those convicted of drunk driving. The devices require the driver to take a breathalyzer test prior to driving.

If the driver has a blood alcohol level above a predetermined amount the vehicle will not start thus keeping an inebriated driver off the streets.


“Still On The Job”

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Parents of slain officer cheer as legislature passes “Noah’s Law” in closing moments


ANNAPOLIS -- It took until the last hour of the 2016 regular session, but the Maryland General Assembly passed Noah's Law Monday night, "the strongest drunk driving ignition interlock bill in the entire country," according to state Del. Ben Kramer (D-15).

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he plans to sign the bill into law.


"Noah’s Law" heads to conference

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ANNAPOLIS – Noah’s Law is bound for conference committee.

On Monday, the state Senate passed a version of the bill to cut down on drunken driving that is different than its counterpart passed by the House of Delegates earlier this month.

Members of the state legislature will have less than two weeks to pass identical versions of the bill through the House and Senate before the General Assembly adjourns April 11.


State battles over "Noah's law"

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ANNAPOLIS – The House of Delegates and state Senate will need to reconcile two substantial differences and other minor ones in order to pass the Drunk Driving Reduction Act more commonly known as Noah's Law this year.


Please remember Officer Noah Leotta

Ofcr Leotta Funeral-49This week the Montgomery County police buried one of their own.

Noah Leotta, 24, described by Police Chief Tom Manger as “one of the best. The kind of young officer our community can be proud of,” died after an alleged drunk driver struck him while Leotta worked the Holiday Task Force - trying to cut down on drunk drivers.

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