Fatal Boat Crash Suspect Heading To Prison In Anne Arundel County: Court Records


Cape St. Claire Man Brownell Henry Edds Jr. was sentenced Oct. 26 to 18 months in prison in a July 3, 2022 crash on the Magothy River that killed Laura Slattery of Pasadena. A Maryland Natural Resources Police boat is shown here. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - A Cape St. Claire man was sentenced to prison last week after a fatal boat crash on the Magothy River, court records show. 

The documents say Brownell Henry Edds Jr. will spend 18 months behind bars. 

Police said the 2022 collision claimed the life of 63-year-old Laura Slattery of Pasadena, who died soon after the wreck.

Edds on Oct. 2 pleaded guilty to the misdemeanors of criminally negligent manslaughter by vessel and reckless endangerment, the file says.

Officers said they originally charged Edds with criminally negligent manslaughter by vessel and negligent manslaughter by vessel.

The record says Judge Jeffrey Michael Wachs on Oct. 26 sentenced Edds to three years, suspending all but 18 months, on the manslaughter charge. Wachs also sentenced Edds to five years, but suspended the whole term, on the reckless endangerment charge. 

That means Edds will head to prison for a year and a half.

Authorities said they arrested Edds on Aug. 12, 2022, nearly six weeks after the crash

"Our investigators and the state's attorney's office worked meticulously and diligently to make this arrest," Natural Resources Police Superintendent Col. Adrian Baker said in an Aug. 13 press release. "This is a tragic case, and we send our deepest sympathies to Laura Slattery's family. We hope this arrest brings them closure as they navigate this difficult time."


A press release said the collision happened on the Magothy River on July 3, 2022 around 10 p.m. 

Slattery was on a Wellcraft boat with her husband coming home from an Independence Day fireworks display, Chesapeake Bay Media reported

Another vessel hit them while entering the river's 6-knot channel, officers said.

Authorities described the striking vessel as a white center-console boat that is about 25 feet long. Police said the suspect fled into Deep Creek in Cape St. Claire.

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