Anthony Austin receives nine-year prison sentence for guilty plea from October 2022 in accident that claimed the lives of father, mother and daughter

Anthony Austin receives nine-year prison sentence for guilty plea from October 2022 in accident that claimed the lives of father, mother and daughter

After a two-hour sentencing hearing in Vermilion County District Court, Judge Derek J. Girton sentenced 47-year-old Anthony Austin of Georgetown to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in connection with the incident that occurred on October 2, 2022 shortly after midnight. the night. who killed a father, mother and daughter from Oxford, Indiana; on Catlin-Indianola Road at County Road 550 in Indianola.

Lee Hall is fifty-two years old; his wife of 48 years, Felicia Hall; their daughter, Madison Hall, 18; Everyone died in the accident. Subsequent testing showed Austin’s blood alcohol level to be 0.167%.

On January 29 of this year, Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacey explained in court that Austin had agreed to a partial plea pleading guilty to one count of “aggravated driving under the influence resulting in the death of two or more persons.” In exchange for dropping the remaining charges.

State law calls for such a case to result in the death of two or more people to be eligible for a prison sentence of between six and 28 years. Part of the plea agreement was to limit the number of years to 20 years.

During the sentencing hearing, State’s Attorney Lacey called three witnesses; Two are from law enforcement and the third is a coroner. Lacey also invited three family members to read the impact statements. The defense brought four character witnesses, and the general theme was that Austin had always been a hard worker and a good person and never wanted to hurt anyone.

Austin struggled through the apology statement he read, turning to look at the family at the end and saying that he knew he couldn’t undo the pain and heartache he had caused, and that he was deeply ashamed of himself.

Before issuing judgement, Judge Girton stated that he had faced similar situations both personally and professionally; But he also stated that he had never presided over “something like this.”

Judge Girton said he needed to follow the law and plea agreement, which called for a sentence of up to 20 years; But he also had to consider what kind of person Austin was according to the testimony and his recorded past. The judge stated that he did not feel that Austin was the type of person who was not remorseful, did not care, and would likely do it again. While he told his family members and friends of the Hall family that he knew they would disapprove of his decision; Judge Girton imposed the sentence of nine years’ imprisonment, with a requirement to serve 85% of the sentence; Followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.

    (Tags for translation)Vermilion County

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