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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