UPPER MARLBORO – After skipping out of his sentencing hearing last month and being on the run for several days, Kenneth Kelley was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison for killing five people in a motor vehicle accident on Oct. 10, 2014 in Oxon Hill.
Kelley was to be sentenced in May, but never showed up to the hearing. Several days later on May 15 he was captured by police at a hotel in Suitland.
“Kelley was out on a $100,000 bound and was ordered to wear a GPS tracker, but for some reason the order was never issued by the court,” said John Erzen, a spokesperson for Prince George's County State's Attorney Office.
On Oct. 10, 2014, Kelly was speeding at about 70 miles per hour in the westbound lane of Livingston Road in Oxon Hill when he slammed into the rear of a vehicle with two adults and two children at a traffic light at the intersection of Livingston Road and Livingston Terrace. The accident killed all four passengers in the car and a passenger in Kelley's vehicle.
Police identified the victims as Tameika Curtis, 34, and Typhani Wilkerson, 32, and young siblings Hassan Boykin, 1, and Khadiua Ba, 13, along with Dominique Green, 21, who was the passenger in Kelley's car.
Kelley was fleeing from a police officer who had pulled behind him right before he slammed into Boykin’s car.
According to police officials, Kelley’s blood alcohol concentration of 0.14 was nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 in Maryland the night of the crash.
In March, Kelly pleaded guilty to 28 counts of manslaughter, negligent homicide, driving under the influence and related charges.
At a press conference held shortly after Kelly was sentenced, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said the maximum sentence was what Kelley deserved.
“He had a very high disregard for the law, and we are satisfied that he has been removed from our community,” she said.