• Prison sentence linked to deadly Clinton County DUI wreck upheld

    by  • August 8, 2013 • News

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois appeals court has thrown out 31 convictions involving a woman who pleaded guilty to a 2009

    Melissa Weiser

    Melissa Weiser

    drunken driving wreck that killed four people, but the panel refused to reduce her 20-year prison sentence.

    On Wednesday, the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court threw out all but one of Melissa Weiser’s 32 convictions for felony aggravated driving under the influence, ruling them redundant even though the former East Carondolet woman pleaded guilty to the charges.

    The 31-year-old unsuccessfully pressed to have her 20-year prison sentence reduced in connection with the Clinton County wreck that killed her fiance and three occupants of the another vehicle on Memorial Day weekend in 2009. She argued the punishment was excessive.

    Weiser admitted she’d been drinking and had smoked marijuana before the accident.