Maryland: Kevin Coffay killed his pals…3 of them…now is sent back to prison to serve his entire sentence


From NBC 4 Washington

Kevin Coffay, who was sentenced in 2012 for a drunken-driving crash that killed three of his friends received more prison time Feb. 3, 2020, after trying to drive with alcohol in his system numerous times and violating his probation.

Three people were killed: Spencer Datt, 18; Johnny Hoover, 20; and Haeley McGuire, 18. A fourth passenger, a 19-year-old, was injured but survived.


Kevin Coffay, 28, appeared in Montgomery County Circuit Court Monday and a judge ordered him to serve seven more years in prison — the amount of time that was suspended from his original sentence. MORE

“It could easily be characterized as the worst … DUI accident in the history of this county,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said.

Coffay fled the scene. When police found him about three hours later, his blood alcohol content was still twice the legal limit, prosecutors said.

According to court documents, Coffay had a blood alcohol level of 0.16. The test was done more than three hours after the crash. Coffay’s car left Olney-Laytonsville Road and hit a tree. Authorities said that Coffay then fled from the scene of the accident. He was found near his home in Rockville about three hours later with a strong odor of alcohol.

He was initially held on $500,000 bond. A judge then reduced it to $50,000 and ruled that he did not need an electronic monitor.

Coffay pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene. He was originally sentenced to 20 years in prison.

But a panel of judges reduced his sentence to eight years in prison and five years of probation. Ultimately, he was released after serving four years.


In making its decision, the three-judge panel said that Coffay shouldn’t pay for the larger cultural problem of drunk driving; that the state didn’t give Coffay credit for pleading guilty; that the initial sentencing judge went outside the sentencing guidelines and that the victims had voluntarily gotten into the vehicle with Coffay.

Family members of the victims were livid at the decision.

“The reduction of this sentence means our children’s lives mean nothing,” said one.

Coffay eventually got a driver’s license again in 2018, and had to drive with an interlock device to monitor his sobriety.

Prosecutors said Monday Coffay squandered his second chance by continuing to engage in the same reckless behavior that led to the fatal crash in 2011.

According to court documents, he tried to drive after drinking more than 100 different times.

“[He would] get drunk in D.C., sleep it off and then drive home the next day, and the ignition interlock is picking up when he has levels of alcohol in his system,” prosecutor Bryan Roslund said.

He killed his friends and ran from the scene, lied to police, claimed he hit a small animal…now he wants out of prison so he can tell other boozing kids not to be an idiot like he is…

FROM WTOP: McCarthy said prosecutors learned through an intercepted call from Coffay while he was in jail that Coffay had discussed attempting to “fake the court out” by claiming he was suffering emotional trauma from the crash.

“To hear that he was discussing with friends coming to court and gaming the court, claiming he had PTSD, is offensive to every person standing behind me,” McCarthy said. He added that the crash victims’ families continue to “suffer emotional trauma as a result of their loss.”

“That we are here is stunning to us,” McCarthy said.

Prosecutors said since September 2018, an ignition interlock device on Coffay’s car has caught him with alcohol on his breath more than 100 times. MORE

From The Washington Post:

Kevin Coffay and several friends had left a party. Coffay was drunk, and he slammed a Toyota Corolla into a tree on the side of a Montgomery County road about 3 a.m.

 “The sentence will never bring back Johnny, Haeley or Spencer,” Hoover’s mother, Carolyn Hoover, said afterward.



Suddenly on Sunday, May 15, 2011, of Derwood, MD. Beloved son of Patrick J. and Carolyn B. Hoover; brother of Charlie and Jimmy Hoover. Johnny’s visitation will be at St. Francis of Assisi, 6701 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD on Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 12319 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Olney Boys & Girls Club, P.O. Box 2, Olney, MD 20830.

Suddenly on Sunday, May 15, 2011, HAELEY NOEL McGUIRE, age 18 of Derwood, MD. She was the daughter of John J. McGuire and Elisa M. McGuire. She was the sister of Juliette Marie McGuire and John Francis McGuire. She is also survived by two grandmothers, Mary Baeschlin and Josephine Alexander. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood, MD from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make memorial contributions to Students Against Destructive Decisions, C/O Col. Zadok A. McGruder High School, 5939 Muncaster Mill Rd., Rockville, MD 20855, Attn: Mr. Lee Evans or Students Against Drunk Driving. Arrangements

Spencer Reece Adrian Datt, born June 28, 1992, passed away on May 15, 2011. He is survived by his parents, Lillian and Douglas Datt; sister, Alexa, and brother, Conor. Spencer is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Gwen Datt of Great Falls, VA; as well as many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Spencer’s vibrant and fun-loving personality will live on within all of those who were lucky enough to know him. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, May 19 at Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, 3425 Emory Church Road, Olney, MD, starting at 10 a.m. with funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, 12800 Viers Mill Road, Rockville. The family requests that donations be made to the Colonel Zadok Magruder High School Booster Club, 5939 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20855 in lieu of flowers

Coffay crawled out from behind an airbag and slipped into the woods. Police and tracking dogs found him hours later and miles away, his blood-alcohol level still double the legal limit for driving. Three of his friends were dead or dying. ….MORE