Ocean City Today

Faison sentenced for DUI death

J.R. Ednie, 23, struck and killed during 2017 spring Cruisin’ week in Ocean City
By Brian Gilliland | Mar 08, 2018
Photo by: File photo Stanley Faison

(March 9, 2018) Stanley Faison, 51, of Waldorf, Maryland was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but six years suspended by Circuit Court judge Brian Shockley late last week, after a jury convicted him of killing J.R. Ednie, 23, of Manassas, Virginia when he was driving drunk on Coastal Highway.

The state sentencing guidelines for the crime are a maximum of three years for the offense, but Faison’s status as a repeat offender — with the most recent conviction 27 days before this incident in Minnesota — led the state’s attorney’s office to seek enhanced penalties in this case.

This allowed Shockley to impose the net six-year prison sentence. After that, Faison is subject to three years of supervised probation.

Faison also had a DUI in North Carolina in 2011 according to the state’s attorney’s office.

“Nothing we do can ever bring J.R. back, but sentencing Mr. Faison above the guidelines, who appallingly was found guilty of his second DUI only 27 days prior, might deter future drunk drivers from killing people in Worcester County,” Interim State’s Attorney Bill McDermott said.

Faison was driving a 1972 Chevrolet Impala north on Coastal Highway around 2:24 a.m. on May 21 when he struck Ednie, who was crossing the highway east to west near 45th Street and was not using a crosswalk, Ocean City Police said in a press statement.

A Cruisin’ Ocean City event was taking place that week, but event promoters, said Faison was not a registered participant.

After the crash, people at the scene initiated lifesaving efforts, which were continued by police and Ocean City EMS when they arrived.

McDermott said during the January trial Ednie was thrown 151 feet from the impact site. According to the expert testimony of Ocean City Police Det. Michael Karsnitz, who reconstructed the accident for the court in January, Faison was traveling well in excess of the posted speed limit at the time of the crash.

During the entire time officers were on scene, Ednie never regained consciousness, according to police reports.

Ednie was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where he was declared dead.

Faison was arrested and testing revealed a .12 blood alcohol level.

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