St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) - A man previously convicted of manslaughter in connection with an alcohol-related crash in April 1995 in Arizona was sentenced for not only violating probation, but also on a separate DWI charge.
Sean Sapienza pleaded guilty of driving while intoxicated in St. Louis County in 1993. Two years later, he crashed a motorcycle and killed 18-year-old Tracey Rumick. Alcohol was determined to be a factor in that accident.
Sapienza pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the motorcycle accident fatality and spent five years in prison.
On July 27, 2008, St. Peters police arrested Sapienza on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He refused a blood alcohol test. Sapienza was offered a plea deal to go on probation for two years, with the condition that the incident would be taken off his public record if he did not violate probation. Police believe the prosecutor in St. Peters overlooked the conviction in Arizona.
Sapienza accepted the deal, but in February 2009 he was arrested in Kirkwood on suspicion of DWI. He was sentenced January 27 to six months in jail for violating his probation.
On Friday, January 28, a St. Louis County judge sentenced Sapienza to three and a half years in prison for the Kirkwood DWI arrest.