Deny the Parole of Diogo Miller Facchini
  • Petitioned Snow Hill Circuit Court, Maryland

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Snow Hill Circuit Court, Maryland
Parole and Probation Division of Snow Hill, Maryland

Deny the Parole of Diogo Miller Facchini

    1. Petition by

      Carl Braun

      Woodbine, MD

December 2013


Carl Braun: The drunk driver that killed my best friend Matthew Cheswick was ordered to serve his full sentence on October 31. The petition was created when we found out he was up for parole after serving barely a year of a five year sentence, FOR MURDER. Facchini was 3 times the legal limit when he hit Matthew at 65 mph in a 35. He kept on driving. Luckily witnesses stopped him and identified him. The petition spread like wild fire when I made it, as everyone felt the same as me. It was presented in court and Matthew's parents told me it had a huge influence on the decision to keep Facchini behind bars.

On May 28, 2012 Diogo Miller Facchini, 30, of Lorton, Virginia was drunk, speeding, in the bus lane at 54 Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean city, MD, when he hit and killed 22-year-old Matthew Jude Cheswick of Cooksville, Md.

Cheswick graduated from Glenelg High School in 2008, and was a student at Towson University. His many friends, his family and his co-workers at Merriweather Post Pavilion are all left asking why someone so young and so good could be taken so soon. He was the type of person that would do anything for anybody, then worry about himself later. Friends called him "smiles" and "cheese" because he was constantly smiling, and always full of love. Matthew was full of good morals, and judgement. In fact, just the night before, Matthew had refused to get into a car, because the person had been drinking. 

Facchini, being the coward that he is, did not even stop to check on Matthew, and witnesses reported that he continued to speed away. Thankfully, these witnesses followed him, and identified him as the person who caused this. How cold of an individual are you to not even stop? Then light up a cigarette afterwards?

Facchini was arrested and charged with homicide by a motor vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a fatal collision, driving under the influence of alcohol (3 times the legal limit) , driving while impaired by alcohol and a number of other traffic related charges.

Facchini pleaded guilty September 7th to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to immediately stop a vehicle at the scene of an accident involving injury. Other charges against him were not prosecuted in exchange for the guilty pleas.

In November, Judge Richard Bloxom of Snow Hill Circuit Court sentenced Facchini to five years in prison for the first charge, and he gave him a suspended five year sentence on the second charge.

That brings us to today.

Today, March 28, 2013, it was found that Facchini is already eligible for parole. It has not even been 5 months since the sentencing, yet, this man could be walking the streets again soon. Please, I encourage you to sign the petition in efforts to deny the parole of Facchini, making him serve the amount of time that he deserves. This man selfishly got behind the wheel of a car while drunk, and took the life of a young man who had all the potential in the world. Please, lets make it known that Facchini deserves to be in prison for his full punishment. Allowing this man to walk free after too little a punishment, would not only be a travesty to Matt's life, but also a travesty to what Matt stood for.

Snow Hill Circuit Court, Maryland
Parole and Probation Division of Snow Hill, Maryland
Deny Parole to Diogo Miller Facchini

[Your name]

Recent signatures



      Carl Braun
      Petition Organizer

      WBAL article, Facchini denied parole.

      Drunken driver who killed man denied parole at hearing

      The drunken driver who killed a Towson University student was denied parole at a hearing on Thursday. Diogo Facchini, 31, of Lorton, Va., pleaded guilty to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the 2012 crash in Ocean City that killed Matthew Cheswick, 22, of Cooksville.


      Carl Braun
      Petition Organizer

      Facchini will spend the remainder of his sentence behind bars where he belongs.

      Parolde denied for man convicted in fatal, drunken hit and run

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    Reasons for signing

    • elizabeth streaker MT AIRY, MD
      • 10 months ago

      smiles was a great kid! and diago just sped off after killing a kid. what a piece of shit.

    • Kevin Witcher OWINGS MILLS, MD
      • 12 months ago

      2 yrs ago on june 2 my father in law was killed by a drunk driver while on his way to work.

      That same weekend my wife and I found out that we were expecting our first child together (son) as well as my brother n law graudation from college. Both extermely happy and joyous events for any family and to know and come to the realization that A love one will not be able to be there to spend that time with you due to the negligence of someone that is completely avoidable is sickening.

      So to the cheswick Family my prayers and support goes out to you as myself and family knows first hand what Drinking and Drving can cause to a family.

    • Kathleen Nugent BALTIMORE, MD
      • 12 months ago

      He left the scene without stopping to help or face his punishment and took a life he should be behind bars for a long time.

    • Steve Miller FINKSBURG, MD
      • 12 months ago


    • Teresa Romiti OCEAN CITY, MD
      • 12 months ago

      I am a property owner in OCMD and am sick and tired of the drunks and punks taking over out once family friendly town.


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