State Briefs 1/26/10
Teen pleads guilty in DUI crash that killed woman, son
PEKIN – A teenager who killed a woman and her young son in July while driving under the influence of drugs and while sleep deprived has pleaded guilty.
The now 18-year-old Colby Maile, 17 at the time of the crash, of Pekin, faces up to 28 years in prison when sentenced March 26.
Maile pleaded guilty in 10th Judicial Circuit Court to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, a Class 2 felony — one count for each victim of the July 11 crash that killed Caroline J. Rosenbohm, 27, and Maxwell Dodd, 4, both of Peoria.
Maile was scheduled to go on trial on Monday, but entered his plea after a pre-trial conference on Friday.
According to court records, forensic testing showed that Maile was under the influence of Xanax and cannabis at the time of the crash. Maile admitted to investigators that he had taken two Xanax pills and smoked cannabis while fishing all night prior to the collision.
Pekin Daily Times
‘Habitual criminal’ who escaped jail in November sentenced to life
PEORIA – A man who broke out of jail in November and was described by a judge as a “habitual criminal” was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.
James Fuller, 44, was deemed a “habitual criminal” under state law by Peoria County Judge Michael Brandt. The ruling made Fuller subject to a mandatory life sentence.
Fuller was convicted of sexual assault in December and is accused in a number of crimes in Peoria and in Kansas. He has a 1981 rape conviction and two armed robbery convictions in Kansas. Those convictions made the Habitual Criminal statute applicable.
In November, Fuller and another inmate, Aaron Cook, escaped from the Peoria County Jail. Cook was captured later the same day and Fuller the next.
Peoria Journal Star
Palin speech sells out in less than a day
WASHINGTON, Ill. – Want to buy a ticket to hear Sarah Palin’s speech April 17 at Five Points Washington? Sorry. The event is sold out.
Five Points Special Events Manager Brian Garnant said all 400 banquet/speech tickets were gone by 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Palin’s appearance was announced.
About 560 speech-only tickets went on sale at noon Tuesday; all were sold by 2:10 p.m.
Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor turned best-selling author and Fox News Channel political commentator, will be the first speaker in Five Points’ “Lessons from Leaders” series.
Peoria Journal Star
No injuries in car-school bus crash
SPRINGFIELD – No one was injured when a car struck a school bus that was stopping at a railroad track Monday morning.
The crash happened about 8:10 a.m. Police said Benjamin T. Nissen, 16, of Springfield was driving a 1996 Ford Thunderbird eastbound and tried to change lanes to go around the school bus. The bus slowed so it could stop at the railroad track, and the front passenger side of the Thunderbird hit the rear driver’s side of the bus.
Police said 16 students were on the bus, and no one complained of any injuries following the collision. The bus, registered to Laidlaw Transit, was driven by Russell D. McLean, 49, of Springfield.