EDIT: Kenneth Kelley has been recaptured.
A manhunt is underway for Kenneth Kelley, a drunk driver convicted of killing five people who skipped his sentencing hearing.
On October 14, 2014, Kelley was driving his Mercedes on a suspended license more than 70 miles-per-hour on Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, which was twice the posted speed limit. He slammed into the back of an Acura that was stopped at a red light, sending the other car careening into a telephone pole. At the time, Kelley had a blood alcohol content of .14, which is far above Maryland's .08 legal limit.
Four people in the Acura - Tameika Curtis, Typhany Wilkerson, 13-year-old Khadiua Ba, and one-year-old Hassan Boykin - were killed in addition to one of Kelley's passengers, Dominique Green. The two children were rushed to the hospital after the crash but could not be saved.
On March 28, 2017, Kenneth Kelley pled guilty to 28 charges - including five counts of negligent manslaughter - stemming from a 2014 drunk driving crash that killed five people, including two children. The victims' families were in court Friday for sentencing in search of closure. The man who killed their loved ones never showed up.
"I was just extremely shocked by it really," Nina Bell said. "Something tells me though he wasn't going to show up for court. I don't understand why he was released after just admitting or taking a plea of guilty of killing five people."
Bell's family members were in the Acura. Now living in Texas, Nina Bell told reporters that she did not have the strength to return to the sentencing hearing to relive the horrifying experience. However, the fact that her family's killer never showed up feels even worse.
"Now you kind of feel like the system has failed you," she concluded.
The spokesman for the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office, John Erzen, understood why the victims' families were upset. "They expressed a lot of their anger and frustration in the courtroom. We completely understand why they feel that way. We sympathize with the family and our hearts break with them."
While it is normal for manslaughter convicts to be released until sentencing, it is atypical for police to remove the convict's ankle monitor. Erzen confirmed that Kenneth Kelley's GPS ankle monitor had been removed earlier in the week, allowing him to not only skip his sentencing hearing but for him to also disappear.
Now, there is a multi-state manhunt for Kenneth Kelley, with police actively searching the DC area. Anyone who knows anything about his disappearance are encouraged to contact their local police department.