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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Drunk Driver Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Involuntary Manslaughter in Fatal Baltimore-Washington Parkway Car Crash

Wife and Sister-in-Law Killed in Collision

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Charles Jerome Wiggins, age 26, of Cottage City, Maryland, today to four years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Chief of Police Robert D. MacLean of the U.S. Park Police.

 According to trial evidence, on December 12, 2013 at 2 a.m., Wiggins was driving a car on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.  His wife, Kiana Wiggins, who had turned 34 that day, was in the front passenger seat, and his sister-in-law, Angel Barbour, age 21, was sitting in the back behind her.  His sister-in-law’s boyfriend was also sitting in the back seat.  Wiggins rear-ended a pickup truck that was driving in the same direction.  The truck went into the woods, and Wiggins’s car flipped over and skidded on its roof more than 200 feet.  The two women were killed.  Wiggins was found to have a blood alcohol level of .19%.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Park Police for its work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Hollis Raphael Weisman and Special Assistant United States Attorney Conor Mulroe, of the U.S. Justice Department, who prosecuted the case.

Updated June 21, 2016