Illinois state trooper who killed two sisters pleads guilty

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Posted on April 16, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 16 at 9:21 PM

(KMOV)-- The Illinois state trooper who killed two sisters will not have to spend a day behind bars.

A judge gave Matt Mitchell a plea deal for ten years ( 30 months each for four counts) probation. Since Mitchell plead guilty to felony charges he will never be allowed to be a police officer again. Mitchell will serve his sentence in Clinton County where he resides.

In 2007 Mitchell's car wrecked with Jessica and Kelli Uhl killing them. Mitchell's attorney says his client was justified when he was driving 126 miles an hour just moments before the crash.

Prosecutors say Mitchell was sending emails and talking on his phone.

Illinois State Police released a statement Friday afternoon regarding Mitchell's guilty plea: "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of those who were victims in this tragic incident. Now that the criminal proceedings have concluded, the Illinois State Police will move forward with the internal administrative process as expeditiously as possible, and will take the appropriate action that is warranted."

 

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