Senator's Wife Guilty The wife of a state senator who sponsored legislation to strengthen drunken driving laws has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.
Erin A. Giannetti, wife of Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. (D-Prince George's), received a suspended sentence last week in Baltimore District Court. The sentence includes two years of supervised probation and a requirement that she continue counseling.
According to charging documents, Giannetti failed field sobriety tests after she was stopped for driving 77 mph on Interstate 395. She refused to take a Breathalyzer test after calling her husband. An administrative law judge ordered her to install a device in her car that disables the ignition if alcohol is detected when the driver blows into it, her attorney, Leonard Shapiro, said.
Sen. Giannetti has been a strong supporter of legislation to combat drunken driving. A bill he sponsored that will become law Oct. 1 makes it a crime for suspected drunk drivers to refuse to take a breath test if they are later found guilty.
* Two men were arrested yesterday in connection with a killing Monday afternoon on Guilford Road in the Chillum area of Prince George's County, police said. They said it probably resulted from a domestic incident.
At 4 p.m., police found Edgar Samuel Torres Carrera, 23, fatally shot. Detectives said he had been arguing with at least one man, who pulled out a gun and shot Carrera. Several hours later, police took into custody two men who were barricaded inside a house in Chillum.
Yesterday, they announced the arrest of Juan Antonio Cho Rodriguez, 41, and Pedro Hector Guifarro, 24, both of the 500 block of Greenlawn Drive.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.