Bloomington woman sentenced to 12 years for fatal DUI crash

By Tyler Emken

January 17, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 11:00 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A Bloomington woman convicted of hitting and killing a 21 year-old woman while driving drunk was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday.

Katie Lawson, 25, was convicted in November of felony DUI and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Lawson struck and killed Lauren Leffler, 21, in June 2012 as she was crossing the street in downtown Bloomington.

During a nearly three hour sentencing hearing, Lawson's attorney Jane Foster argued that due to a bleeding condition called IPT, she requires extensive medical attention and should not have to face jail time.

The prosecution disagreed, saying that the Illinois Department of Corrections had medical personnel on staff that were trained to deal with chronic medical conditions.

The prosecution argued that due to the fact that she did fled the scene of the accident and later lied to police about driving the vehicle, she should be sentenced to 21 years.

Although disappointed by the number of years Lawson was sentenced to, State's Attorney Jason Chambers said that he was pleased that she did not only get probation.

Lawson must serve at least 85 percent of her sentence.

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