Many DUI offenders receive lengthy prison sentences in Lexington County

Lexington, SC 08/18/2022 – The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often referred to as the 100 Deadly Days of Summer. However, all of the following cases occurred outside that time period. Unfortunately, these crimes occurred throughout the year and resulted from individuals’ poor choice of driving after drinking alcohol or drugs.

The deaths of Galen Manabat, Michael Costner and Dylan Roldan should not happen. Hopefully, remembering them will convince others to make better choices not only during the 100 deadliest days of summer, but throughout the entire year.

Under South Carolina law, the felony of driving under the influence, which results in death, is classified as a violent and serious offense and a “non-parole.” South Carolina law prohibits driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

Jonathan Robert Akes – Sentenced to 10 years in prison

On May 26, 2022, Jonathon Robert Akes, a 38-year-old man from Lexington, was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison after pleading guilty to a DUI felony, involving death, for the 2020 traffic accident that led to the death of Galen Manabat, 73 years old Circuit Court Judge Walton J. MacLeod, IV, Judgment. Akis was given credit for the time he spent before being released on bail and while being held at home with electronic monitoring.

On Friday, October 23, 2020, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Akis’ Kia Optima failed to give the right of way when trying to turn left from Platt Springs Road to Macleigh Road, causing the Galen scooter to crash into a Kia. Galen was wearing a helmet, but died at the scene of his injuries. When investigators spoke to Akes in an ambulance, they noticed the strong smell of an alcoholic drink coming from him. Investigators also found several open and unopened alcoholic beverage containers in his car.

Officers were able to obtain a blood sample from Akis under a search warrant about three and a half hours after the collision, and it was later determined that Akis had a blood alcohol level of 0.216 plus an amount of THC.

The case was investigated by SC Woods Highway Patrol and the Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT). The case was brought by associate attorney Todd Wagner and associate attorney Luke Pencilly.

Galen served in the US Navy. As an HVAC technician, he retired from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where he served for 21 years. Prior to his tragic death, he worked as an active school bus driver in the Lexington One School District.

Ackiss has a past record that includes driving in an improper lane violation and two separate driving too quickly for a condition violation.

Christian Jesus Luna – Sentenced to 12 years in prison

On July 20, 2022, Christian Jesus Luna, a 29-year-old man from Oconee County, was sentenced to twelve (12) years in prison after pleading guilty to a DUI felony, involving death, for a 2021 traffic accident in Lexington. The boycott that led to the death of Michael Costner, 48, of Morganton, North Carolina. Administrative Court President Debra R. McCaslin issued the ruling.

it was color Give credit for the time he spent before being re-homed with electronic monitoring. On Saturday, February 20, 2021, at approximately 1:55 a.m., Michael’s Luna’s Challenger Dodge Caravan, which had slowed to build on Westbound 26, collided near the 91-mile mark.

Michael died at the scene as a result of the injuries he sustained from the collision. Michael was wearing a seat belt when the accident happened. Two passengers in Michael’s car were also injured in the collision. When the soldiers spoke with Luna, they noticed the strong smell of an alcoholic drink. Luna admitted to having eaten four or five beers.

An investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol’s MAIT team showed Luna was traveling 127 mph five seconds before the airbag was deployed and 81 mph in 0.1 seconds before the airbag was deployed. Michael’s car, slowing construction traffic, was traveling at 2 mph in 0.1 seconds before the airbag was deployed.

About an hour and a half after the collision, Luna was offered a breath test and his sample was 0.19. About three hours after the collision, a sample of Luna’s blood was obtained under a search warrant, and Luna’s blood alcohol level was later determined to be .178.

The case was investigated by former SC Highway Patrol Soldier Javon Mack and the MAIT Highway Patrol team and prosecuted by Senior Associate Attorney Todd Wagner. Michael worked as a bail bond agent and fugitive recovery agent.

Luna’s previous record included speeding convictions in 2012, 2015, 2019, and 2020 in South Carolina and a 2012 conviction for speeding and 2016 reckless driving in Virginia.

Arsenio Perez Maldonado – Sentenced to 15 years in prison

On August 15, 2022, Arsenio Perez Maldonado, a 34-year-old man from Gaston, was sentenced to fifteen (15) years in prison after pleading guilty to a DUI felony, involving death, for a traffic accident in 2021 resulting in Dylan’s death 15-year-old Roldan is from Pelion. Administrative Court President Debra R. McCaslin issued the ruling.

On Friday, February 5, 2021, at approximately 7:20 p.m., Perez Maldonado’s Toyota Tacoma crossed the SC-6 center line, resulting in a Sequoia colliding with a Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Cindy Olson. Cindy’s son, Dylan Roldan, a student at Pelion High School, suffered catastrophic injuries that required him to be flown to Prisma Health Richland. Dylan died of his injuries on February 11, 2022.

Cindy told law enforcement that she could smell beer on Perez Maldonado’s breath. Officers initially charged Perez Maldonado with felony driving under the influence, resulting in great bodily injury. However, upon learning of Dylan’s death, law enforcement upgraded his original charge to this more serious charge.

In the course of the investigation, Perez Maldonado’s blood sample was obtained under a search warrant about three and a half hours after the collision, and it was later determined that he had a blood alcohol level of .187.

The case was investigated by SC Highway Patrol Soldier William Cook and the MAIT Highway Patrol team. The case was brought by senior attorney Todd Wagner.

These three criminals have been transferred to the South Carolina Department of Corrections to serve out their prison sentences.

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