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Glen Burnie man pleads guilty to homicide in car crash death


A 40-year-old correctional officer pleaded guilty yesterday to homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated in the death of an Army sergeant in a two-car crash last November.

Gillen C. McKinney of Glen Burnie faces five years in prison and $3,000 in fines after his plea before Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner.

McKinney, who worked at the Maryland House of Correction, was driving a van east on Annapolis Road in Jessup about noon last November 22 when he tried to pass a truck on the right and lost control, said Joseph V. Reina, assistant state's attorney.

His van went onto the grass alongside the highway, hit a depression near a utility pole and fishtailed. When he tried to pull back into traffic, he crossed the center line and hit a Honda driven by U.S. Army Sgt. Osvaldo Rosa, 29, of Columbia.

Sergeant Rosa was killed, and his wife, Luz Rosa, was admitted to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She survived but has no recollection of the accident, Mr. Reina said.

McKinney registered a .16 blood alcohol content on a test taken shortly after the accident, Mr. Reina said. The legal intoxication level is .10.

He remains free on a personal recognizance bond.

Judge Lerner set sentencing for Oct. 5.

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