Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Gaines is guilty of negligent homicide

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Nicholas Gaines of Ijamsville pled guilty Monday to negligent homicide in Frederick County court, in connection with the death of Urbana High student Tyler Murray in March.

Gaines, 19, pled guilty to one count of negligent manslaughter by automobile and one count of negligent homicide by automobile while under the influence. He was sentenced to five years in the Frederick County Detention Center, but could serve as little as 18 months, according to court documents.

The plea was a result of the March 10 crash that killed Murray, an Urbana High School football and baseball player.

According to Maryland State Police, Gaines was driving a 1999 Toyota pickup truck with Murray as his passenger at about 4 a.m., March 10, when he crashed the truck into a tree on Md. Route 75 near Lawson Road. Gaines was injured in the crash, and Murray was killed. Police cited alcohol as a factor in the crash. Gaines was indicted in August on nine charges, including negligent homicide while impaired, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, failure to drive to the right of center, negligent driving, reckless driving and violating a license restriction in addition to the two charges he pled guilty to on Monday. Conditions of Gaines’ parole include three years of supervision, alcohol counseling, drug counseling, anger management counseling, attendance of a victim impact panel, grief counseling, mental health evaluation, an interlock device placed on his car and an alcohol restriction on his driver’s license.

Gaines is being held at the Frederick County Detention Center, according to court records.