Anne Arundel Teen Gets 40 Years For Mother’s Killing. A teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his mother has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. William Skiratko, 18, pleaded guilty in December to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother, 45-year-old Elizabeth Anne Skiratko, in April. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Pamela L. North said at sentencing on Wednesday that the system had failed William Skiratko.
Drunken Driver Ignition Bill Causing Controversy. A bill under consideration in Annapolis makes first-time drunken driving offenders have to pass a Breathalyzer test in order for their car to start, and the legislation is proving to be controversial.Paula Celentano, who lost her 18-year-old daughter, Alisa, in a car crash caused by a repeat drunken driver, is backing the legislation.
Man Serving Life Sentence Mistakenly Released. A New York man serving a life sentence for attempted murder has been mistakenly released from prison in Baltimore. Prison officials said Raymond Taylor, 26, was freed at about 2 p.m. from the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center.Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli said the exact circumstances of his release are not yet known, and the mistake is being investigated internally.
Advocates Rally For Disabled Services Bill. Hundreds of advocates for the developmentally disabled marched on Annapolis on Thursday, lobbying legislators to pass bills that would help shrink waiting lists for services.While Maryland is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, it ranks 43rd in the amount of money it devotes to services supporting those with disabilities.