A Kane County judge this week rejected an Aurora woman’s request to withdraw her December 2011 guilty plea in a crash that killed two motorcyclists from St. Charles, the Daily Herald reported.
Alia Bernard, 29, is serving a six-year sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated DUI in the May 2009 crash that killed Wade and Denise Thomas. Bernard’s attorney argued that her speedy trial right was violated.
According to the Daily Herald, Judge Karen Simpson said the court had no authority to rule on Bernard’s requests to withdraw her guilty plea and to have the court reconsider her prison sentence.
The crash occurred on Route 47 near Elburn. Bernard first was charged with reckless homicide, punishable by a prison term as long as five years. But two years later, in May 2011, a grand jury indicted her on two counts of the more serious charge of aggravated DUI. Each count is punishable by three to 14 years in prison.
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