BANGOR – A New Jersey man charged with three counts of manslaughter was released from jail on Friday but is under home confinement pending his federal trial.
The charges were brought against Praneeth Manubolu after a deadly crash in Acadia National Park Labor Day weekend.
Federal Justice John Nivison found probable cause for the three manslaughter charges against the 28-year-old Manubolu.
The federal judge also decided to allow the Edgewater, New Jersey man to return to that state until his trial, which has not yet been scheduled.
Manubolu was charged on Aug. 29 in connection with the alleged drunk driving deaths of three friends from New York City — 36-year-old Lenny Fuchs, 30-year-old Laura Leong and Zeeshan Mohammed, 27.
Manubolu told investigators the group of friends ended the night drinking in downtown Bar Harbor before deciding to get into his vehicle for a trip to Acadia.
Investigators said Manubolu rolled the vehicle, killing his friends on a hairpin turn near the Gorge Path trailhead on Park Loop Road.
Court records indicate Manubolu’s blood-alcohol level at the time was 0.11, which exceeds the state’s drunk driving limit of .08.
A court clerk said Nivison ordered that Manubolu be released from jail with conditions that he stay at home except to work or for medical or legal appointments.
Manubolu will also have to wear a GPS monitoring device.
Because Manubolu is an Indian citizen and therefore a foreign national, Nivison ordered that he turn over his passport.
He also banned him from drinking or doing drugs, including marijuana.