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Teen to Plead Guilty in Lawyers Hill Manslaughter

Dale Audet will enter a guilty plea in Howard County Circuit Court, according to his lawyer.

The 19-year-old charged with manslaughter in the Lawyers Hill car crash that killed two teens Nov. 25 will plead guilty in court Monday, according to his lawyer.

Defense attorney David Fisher said that Dale Audet II, 19, of Linthicum, will enter a guilty plea in two of the eight charges.

A jury indicted Audet in March on two counts of negligent manslaughter by vehicle, two counts of criminal negligent manslaughter by vehicle, reckless driving, failure to drive right of center, speeding and negligent driving.

Audet will plead guilty to "driving in a grossly negligent manner and causing death or injury on two counts, one for each of the teenagers that died," said Fisher.

Jeffrey Ryan Giles, 19, of Linthicum, and Jonathon Lloyd Deckman, 18, of Severn, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Lawyers Hill Road, according to Howard County Police Department. They had been passengers in Audet's Pontiac GT, which struck a tree.

Those charges would result in three years in jail for each count, or a total of six years in jail, according to Fisher.

The criminal manslaughter charges would carry a sentence of up to ten years or a $5,000 fine, according to the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.

Fisher said sentencing will likely come in the next two months.

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