Citizens identify man in traffic case
CENTREVILLE — Members of the public are being credited with the swift identification of a man charged in a traffic case after his photo was posted on the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 20.
The man was arrested in April by Maryland State Police, but allegedly gave a false name to officers.
Knowing the sheriff’s office has had success identifying suspects through Facebook, Assistant State’s Attorney Leigh Darrell asked them to post the man’s picture, said Lt. Dale Patrick.
Within 45 minutes of posting, the man was identified, Patrick said. Troopers at the MSP Centreville Barracks told him the phones lit up with callers identifying the suspect as Albert Gene Antonelli, 44, the Queenstown man who was convicted of manslaughter in the 2004 death of Maryland Transportation Authority Police Officer Duke Aaron.
Aaron had just finished writing a ticket and gotten into his police cruiser on the shoulder of U.S. Route 50 near Cape St. Clair Road when it was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Antonelli.
In a plea agreement, Antonelli received a sentence of five years in prison, with two of those years suspended, and five years supervised probation upon his release. As part of probation, he was to abstain from drugs and obey all laws.
Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Alison Asti sent Antonelli back to prison in 2012 to serve the remaining two years of his sentence for violation of probation after he was charged with drug offenses in 2011. Court records show a guilty verdict for possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, civil citations were issued charging Antonelli with reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to obey a traffic control device, unsafe lane changing, failure to display license on demand, failure to display registration card on demand and giving a false name to police in the April case. The combined citations carry fines totaling $1,220.
Citizens helped police identify this man as Albert Gene Antonelli.