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Man gets 28 years in drunken crash that killed 3

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Family members of the victims react after the sentencing of repeat DUI offender Newton Keene. By Lakisha Jackson Family members of the victims react after the sentencing of repeat DUI offender Newton Keene. By Lakisha Jackson

 

 

 

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A judge in southwestern Illinois has ordered a chronic drunken driver who drove the wrong way on a freeway to spend 28 years in prison for a wreck that killed three people.

Forty-seven-year-old Newton Keene of St. Louis pleaded guilty Tuesday in Madison County to three counts of aggravated drunken driving resulting in a death. He also pleaded guilty to a felony drunken driving charge related to injuries sustained by a girl who survived the wreck.

Keene was driving the wrong way on Interstate 255 in February 2009 when he slammed into a car driven by Tawanda Jackson of Murfreesboro, Tenn. She died along with her 9-year-old son and an adult passenger.

Keene had five previous drunken-driving convictions. His blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was more than twice Illinois' legal limit.

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