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BLOOMINGTON — An East Peoria woman pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol related to a 2017 McLean County crash that killed her husband.

Juanita Webster, 41, faces up to eight years in prison when she is sentenced Dec. 12. A second aggravated DUI charge was dismissed in the plea agreement.

Without the plea agreement, Webster was eligible for a 14-year prison term.  

Standing with her lawyer, Matthew Koetters, Webster admitted her guilt to Judge William Yoder. In explaining the potential sentence to Webster, Yoder said probation was possible, but only if the court finds the accident involved extraordinary circumstances.

A statement of facts read by Assistant State's Attorney David Fitt noted that witnesses saw Webster's vehicle driving erratically on June 16, 2017, on Interstate 55 near Bloomington shortly before the rollover accident that killed Webster's husband, 37-year-old Andre Webster.  

The victim died of blunt force head and neck injuries suffered in the crash, according to autopsy results.

If sentenced to prison, Webster must serve 85 percent of the sentence.


Photos: 2018 McLean County jail mug shots

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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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