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6 months in jail after deadly Md. DWI

A Howard County man who pleaded guilty to driving while impaired after he struck and killed a 16-year-old bicyclist has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Twenty-seven-year-old Aaron Lorsong, a medical researcher from West Friendship, entered the plea and was sentenced on Tuesday.

Police say Lorsong struck the back of Benjamin Wortman’s bicycle on Aug. 28, 2009 about a mile from the teen’s home. Wortman died at Shock Trauma.

Police found heroin in Lorsong’s pocket, and he admitted to being addicted to the drug.

Lorsong apologized in court to Wortman’s family and friends. Peggy Wortman, the boy’s mother, said grief had caused her to lose her job.

-- The Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  | September 29, 2010; 7:36 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Howard  
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Is that it? Six months? He made a choice to get wasted, made a choice to drive while wasted and as a result of those choices he killed a 16 year old. Unless we start making people accountable for their actions we will never get them to stop this behavior.

Posted by: wandoctor | September 29, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

For a DUI conviction, that's probably not bad. Are there more charges pending, manslaughter for instance?

Posted by: michael49 | September 29, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

people will never stop driving drunk if they know they can get little or no jail time. the laws in this country are so backwards it's rediculous. when someone drinks and gets behind the wheel, they should get the maximum penalty the first time, especially when one dies in the process.

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | September 29, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I'll bet while the judge and attorneys sat around a dinner table that night,talking of how they hated to put that poor man behind bars but they had to do it, each had a drink in their hand.

Posted by: gpl2411 | September 29, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Shocking reporting by the original reporter, it took me less than two minutes to pull up the court proceedings.DWI in MD is driving while impaired (drugs or alcohol). MD usually charge DWI and DUI (lower standard of proof for the DWI), these were dropped on 11/23/2009 in MD District Court. Indictment was filed in April 2010 for various Neg Homicide, plead down to the DWI charge, 4 yrs, 3 suspended. 6 in jail, 6 home detention, various other penalties/conditions, all transferred to VA. With his address being Dept Corrections, guessing he has time served..

Posted by: scarlettbueller | September 29, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Absurd! Only when people lose someone close to them will they take this seriously. This was completely preventable. Absolutely absurd. That child's life was worth more than a 6 month punishment.

Posted by: Princey | September 29, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I guess you have to be a NFL football player to be made example of these days.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 29, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

To some of you 6 months seem low, but coming from Europe I must say that I'm even surprised that he's actually getting jail time. In Europe most DWI ends with a fine. That because these DWI suspects are threaded like victims, not offenders.

That said. What sentence would do right in this case? I really hope his drivers license is revoked permanently..

Posted by: zyprexia | September 29, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

It's sad you get more time for killing a dog. There are states that give a minimum 10 years for vehicular homicide, and this killing would qualify that charge and sentence. I am a liberal, but I will admit that conservative states have there advantages.

Posted by: ClevenderInDC | September 29, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I did a double take when I first read the heading. Six months for killing a person while drug imparied? Was the six months for having drugs on his person? It can't be for killing a human being unless the bicyclist somehow contributed to the accident. This story needs to be fleshed out more. The basic story makes no sense.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 29, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Read scarlettbueller post. This is not even a prison sentence. This is "Time Served". This guy is going home now.

Posted by: tommc1 | September 29, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

17 year old Esai Lopez was killed by a drunk in a hit and run in 2007. Brian Schwartz served less than a week in jail and 6 weeks in a work-release program. He had been drinking with 3 friends (27 drinks for the group) and killed Esai a couple of miles from the restaurant.

Plea deal. ‘leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death' 5 year maximum, Judge DeLawrence Beard instead made Schwartz eligible for pre-release.

Jail Jan 7, Jan 13 pre-release center, back to work Jan 22.

The State’s Attorney’s Office said they were not aware of a change in policy by the Dept of Corrections to allow prisoners with sentences of up to a year in county jail to be eligible for pre-release.

On Jan. 22, Schwartz asked that his sentence be reduced. His lawyer said in the motion that Schwartz and his family ‘‘have suffered greatly.” (what about the child he killed? Esai's family?)

‘‘The defendant has been punished in a manner suggestive of the fact that he was the cause of [Lopez’s] demise, which was not the case,” wrote Bruce Marcus, Schwartz’s lawyer.

That's right, it was actually the car that did the damage.

The laws need to be changed and the judicial system people that let these monsters walk after taking a life need to be fired. 6 days for Schwartz and 6 months for Lorsong? Why do these cases not go before a jury of parents? Why does the public not get to weigh in on punishment?

Posted by: bealtaine1 | September 29, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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