Sentence reduced for Rockville man who killed 3 friends


WASHINGTON – Kevin Coffay’s 20-year sentence was reduced on Friday, April 20 to 15 years with seven years suspended, ABC 7 reports. He will serve eight years for the May 2011 drunk driving wreck that left three of his friends dead.

Thursday – 1/5/2012, 1:29pm ET

WASHINGTON – The Rockville man who crashed his car last May, killing three of his friends, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, WTOP has learned.

The mother of Kevin Coffay, 20, apologized in court for her son’s behavior, and the “terrible choices” he made the night of May 14, 2011. After crashing his vehicle, Coffay ran away from the scene and evade police for hours. When finally caught, he said of the victims, “they were fine when I left.”

Coffay had just left a party with Spencer Datt, 18 of Derwood, Haeley N. McGuire, 18, of Rockville and John Hoover, 20, of Rockville, and had been drinking.

All three died in the accident.

Coffay said Thursday there were no words for the guilt and shame he feels for killing his friends.

He is also sentenced to 5 years probation, during which time he will also have to attend AA meetings, and will have to have an ignition interlock device installed on any car he drives.

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WTOP’s Kate Ryan contributed to this report.

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