Warner to Plead Guilty in Open Plea on May 8th for Deaths of Garry and Leah Kelly

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Jerni Warner has been in custody for around 500 days and has decided to take a Plea for the DUI deaths of Garry and Leah Kelly on May 8, 2023, at 11 AM.  Ms. Warner will plead guilty to one or both counts of Aggravated DUI/Death and a Sentencing Hearing will be scheduled for at least 45 days out.  A Pre-Sentencing Investigation will be ordered following Judge Hathaway accepting her Guilty Plea on May 8th.  Attorney Kevin Sullivan said he has had discussions with State’s Attorney Runty and are not far apart on agreement regarding sentencing but wants the court to intercede on sentencing.  Following the 402 Conference in February, Judge Colby Hathaway said that both Attorney’s were in agreement on his sentencing recommendation; However, State’s Attorney Runty had not spoken to the victims’ families and Attorney Sullivan had not talked to hit client yet.  Neither side gave any indication on the possible sentence for Ms. Warner.

Warner is charged with two counts of Aggravated DUI/Death (Class 2 Felony) for the deaths of Garry and Leah Kelly on September 5, 2021.  Warner is accused of crossing the center line with her vehicle, striking head-on the motorcycle the Kelly’s were driving, causing the deaths of Garry and Leah Kelly.  An SUV, occupying two adults and five children, traveling behind the motorcycle was also allegedly struck by Ms. Warner’s car.  Lab tests for Ms. Warner were positive for alcohol and cocaine.

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