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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.”

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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.

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New laws begin in Maryland

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Starting Oct. 1, various laws will go into effect in Maryland, including laws to deter drunken driving, increase police accountability and public safety, promote workers’ rights, establish opioid addiction outreach programs and protect the freedom of the press. 

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Former Wootton quarterback sentenced to four years for killing classmates in crash

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Sam Ellis profile photoSamuel Ellis,19, was sentenced to four years in prison after killing two former classmates in a drunken-driving crash last June. COURTESY PHOTO

ROCKVILLE - “If wasn’t for this bullshit, I would be at the beach having a lit-ass time,” said former Wootton High School quarterback Sam Ellis to his sister from jail while he was awaiting sentencing, according to State Prosecutor Mark Anderson.

Ellis was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday, June 9 after killing two former classmates in a drunken-driving crash last June.

Ellis, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter for the deaths of Calvin Li, 18, and Alexander Murk, 18, on April 8. He will be eligible for parole after serving one year of his sentence, according to Anderson. Additionally, Ellis will have to serve five years of probation and 500 hours of community service after he finishes serving his prison sentence.

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Another reason not to drink and drive

Driving a vehicle after consuming alcohol is not only illegal and very dangerous, but puts the driver at risk of arrest and serious legal consequences. This may include a search of the driver’s vehicle following an arrest, as explained in a recent opinion from Maryland’s highest Court called Taylor v. State.

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"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.

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