ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A judge in Annapolis has ruled that Maryland Delegate Don Dwyer is guilty.
Four charges were dropped against Dwyer during the case on Tuesday and Dwyer pleaded guilty, however Dwyer's lawyer claimed that Dwyer didn't cause the crash.
Anastasia Moore, the mother of the two injured children in the crash was in court and said "two of my babies were hospitalized. Mr. Dwyer may not consider this serious, but they had terrible injuries."
"Mr. Dwyer is having press conferences saying we were lucky because our children are alive. It is just reprehensible," she said.
Moore said her family has suffered greatly, that her children are recovering, but still have emotional scars from the incident.
During arguments the prosecutor said Dwyer had eight beers before driving his boat the day of the crash.
Dwyer apologized to the family.
Dwyer's lawyer, David Fischer asked for probation before judgment (PBJ) because it was Dwyer's first offense.
The judge said the case was a "tragedy in the making" and denied PBJ with supervised probation and alcohol treatment.
"Those who make the laws have an obligation to obey them," he continued.
Sentence and appeal
Dwyer was given 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, but appealed the sentence and will not have to go to jail for another 60 days, pending the outcome of the appeal.
The Anne Arundel County Republican apologized at a news conference Monday, one day before he was scheduled to go on trial on charges related to the August boat crash that injured several people.
From the beginning, Dwyer has acknowledged he was under the influence of alcohol and over the legal limit at the time of the crash on the Magothy River.
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