Driver Appeals in Crash That Killed St. Charles Couple

Aurora woman fails in bid to stay out of prison during her appeal of her aggravated DUI conviction.

An Aurora woman convicted of killing a St. Charles couple in a 2009 fatal crash near Elburn will remain in prison as she waits on an appeal in her case.

This week, the 2nd Appellate District in Elgin declined to grant Alia Bernard a stay of her sentence — six years for aggravated DUI in the deaths of Wade and Denise Thomas. The court also declined to set an appeal bond, which could have allowed her to post money for her release while her appeal is pending, records show.

A Kane County judge previously denied Bernard's request to withdraw her guilty plea in the case, prompting the appeal on grounds that, among other things, include claims of an ineffective first attorney and missteps in how prosecutors re-indicted Bernard.

Filings in the appeal are expected to be ongoing until early next year, according to court documents.


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Common Sense October 01, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Six years is not enough


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