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Lawyer pleads guilty to 2 manslaughter charges in DUI wreck

A McLean lawyer has pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and driving under the influence as a result of a 2013 traffic accident that took the lives of a Loudoun County couple.

The Aug. 1 guilty pleas by Mark A. Sgarlata, 53, ended preparations for a jury trial scheduled the following week, according to the Loudoun Times-Mirror.

Sgarlata was accused of impaired driving after his car struck a motorcycle near Ashburn on Oct. 6. Riding the motorcycle were Patrick and Leia Wrenn of Ashburn. Both were fatally injured.

Sgarlata submitted to a blood alcohol test that reportedly showed a level of .15.

“I’m pleading guilty because I committed the offense and I feel this is the best way to go at this time,” Sgarlata told Judge Burke McCahill, according to the paper.

Each charge of aggravated involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 20 years. Sentencing is set for Dec. 12.

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