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Driver pleads guilty to DUI manslaughter in death of East Lake High graduate


Driver pleads guilty to DUI manslaughter

A 27-year-old man has pleaded guilty to DUI-manslaughter in a crash that killed East Lake High School graduate Cristobal Cordano. Mario Ghiloni was sentenced on Friday to five years in prison, plus 10 years of probation. Ghiloni was visiting from Newark, Ohio, on May 5, 2008, when he made a left turn in Clearwater Beach, just in front of Cordano's car. A sample of Ghiloni's blood later showed an alcohol concentration of 0.072, just under the level at which the state presumes that a driver is impaired. But authorities concluded that at the time he was driving, it was higher. Ghiloni's attorney, Frank McDermott, said his client offered a tearful apology in court Friday and deeply regrets his actions. Cordano, 21, had been a popular student at East Lake, where he played football and lacrosse. More than 400 people attended his funeral.


Vigil will be held in memory of boy

One of four statewide candlelight vigils in memory of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers, a foster child in state care who reportedly hanged himself while on three powerful psychotropic medicines, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday on the bike walk of the Memorial Bridge in downtown Clearwater. Hosted locally by Dr. Elizabeth Young, Pamela Seefield and the Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida, the vigil will also address issues related to the right to informed consent. State Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, will speak. For more information, call (727) 442-8820.

North Pinellas

Apply now for legal internships

The Clearwater Bar Association has announced the 2010 Summer Legal Intern Program. To qualify, students must live in North Pinellas County or attend a North Pinellas high school, and they must have completed 10th grade. The six-week program is designed to give students valuable work experience and further understanding of the law, as well as to provide a mentor relationship. The interns, who will perform numerous duties for employers as they learn about the inner workings of law offices, legal departments and the judicial system, will be hosted by local attorneys, judges, law firms and legal departments. The paid internships will run from June 14 to July 23. The application deadline is April 30. Qualifying applicants will be interviewed the week of May 17. Interns will attend mandatory orientations and job skills workshops. Students may download an application at, or they can call (727) 461-4869 to request an application.


Club will host annual barbecue

The Kiwanis Club of Springtime City will host its 35th annual barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at Camp Soule, 2201 Soule Road. The dinner will include barbecued chicken and pork, as well as all the fixings. The public is invited. Tickets are $10. For reservations, call (727) 725-7549 or visit

Driver pleads guilty to DUI manslaughter in death of East Lake High graduate 04/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 9, 2010 9:28pm]
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