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Warrenville man sentenced to 6 years for DUI crash that killed WWS student

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 6:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:43 a.m. CDT
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Karlos Leath

WARRENVILLE – A Warrenville man has been sentenced to six years in prison for a fatal DUI crash that killed a Wheaton Warrenville South High School student last April, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

Karlos Leath, 32, of the 29W500 block of Country Ridge Drive, was driving southbound on Schaffner Road in Winfield when he lost control of his vehicle about 10:32 p.m. April 25, 2013, near Mack Road, causing it to swerve off the road and crash into trees on the north side of the street, according to the release.

The passenger in the vehicle, Warrenville resident Stephanie Pickett, was transported to a local hospital and later died from massive head injuries sustained in the crash, the release said. Leath also was brought to a hospital for minor injuries before being taken into custody and charged.

He has remained in the DuPage County Jail on a $1 million bail since his arrest, according to the release. Investigators found Leath’s blood alcohol content was 0.135 at the time of the crash. The legal limit is 0.08.

Leath pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI involving death, a Class Two felony, in October.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the state agreed to cap its sentencing recommendation at eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to a previous State's Attorney's Office news release.

Leath will be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence handed down by Judge Blanche Hill Fawell before being eligible for parole.

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