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Posted on: May 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Vernelle Robinson Sentenced to Three Years, Suspend All But One, in Prison for Criminally Negligent

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Vernelle Robinson, 56, has been sentenced to three years, suspend all but one, in prison and five years of supervised probation for criminally negligent manslaughter, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy announced today.

On March 26, 2019, Robinson was convicted of criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter and other related charges for taking the life of Isiah Pugh and injuring several others when she crashed her car into the Top of the Hill Restaurant in Upper Marlboro.

Based on today’s sentence handed down by the judge, Robinson will not be allowed to drive during her five years of supervised probation.

“We understand that Ms. Robinson did not intend to kill anyone in the crash that day. However, we feel the sentence imposed was appropriate under the circumstances,” State’s Attorney Braveboy said. “Because of her recklessness, a man lost his life, and many others were traumatized. I hope that this sentence brings closure for the family of Mr. Pugh and the other victims. This sentence sends a strong message to residents that if you are reckless on our roadways there will be consequences.”

Denise Roberts
Communications Director
Office of the State’s Attorney, Prince George’s County
240-832-4970 cell or 301-952-2848 office