Drunk driving victim's family angered as sentencing was postponed for third time

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 10:48 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A family seeking justice for their mother who was killed by a drunk driver is furious after the sentencing for the drunk driver has been delayed twice and it’s possible the driver could spend only three years in prison.

Geraldine Davis, 62, was rear ended by a drunk driver in October of 2012. Then in October of 2013, Travis King, from New Douglas, Illinois, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while under the influence, but was able to bond out of jail immediately. The bond was $6,000.

Dawn Ballion, Davis’ daughter, is furious since King hasn’t spent even one night in jail.

“My mom was brutally killed in this car wreck. It wasn’t like she bonked her head,” Ballion said, “My mother was brutally, brutally murdered.”

King was supposed to be sentenced on January 28, but King’s attorney called in sick. Another sentencing was scheduled for Thursday, but the judge called in sick.

“We are the ones left in the cold getting postponed because of the legal system in Madison County,” said Ballion, “I don’t know where their heads are.”

The Madison County State’s Attorney’s office said the delays have been out of their control and their ready to move forward with the sentencing.

King could serve between 3 and 14 years in prison. The next sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 3, but Ballion said her family has doubts.

“They are giving drug dealers more time than killers,” Ballion said, “I look for another phone call. Who knows who will be sick this time.” 

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