Man sentenced in DUI crash that killed Peoria couple

By Maggie Vespa

June 29, 2012 Updated Jun 30, 2012 at 9:28 PM CDT

It was a tragic case all around Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse.

Prosecutors pointed out that no sentence can make up for the loss of a life-- or in this case two lives-- and the pain felt by numerous families.

But they said it can send a message.

30 year-old Jeffrey Kallister is sentenced to 8 years in prison, followed by two years mandatory probation.

He pled guilty to driving drunk early one morning last August, and crashing his pickup truck into the back of a motorcycle parked at the corner of Sheridan and Glen.

On that motorcycle-- 40 year-old Michael "Korey" Korenchuck and 30 year-old Rachel Korenchuk.

Within hours both were pronounced dead, leaving behind two little girls.

During Friday's proceedings, family members of the Korenchuks read impact statements.

Calling Kallister's decision "...selfish, thoughtless and insensitive..." and describing how the accident caused "...more pain than anyone should have to bare."

They described how they froze a batch of cookies Rachel had made the day before the accident, adding the girls still ask for "mommy's cookies."

Kallister, who cried through much of the hearing, also spoke, saying the accident was something "in my worst possible nightmares, I never imagined."'

He said "I blame no one but myself," adding "In my mind, I am serving a life sentence."

Jeffrey Kallister must serve at least 85% of that 8 year sentence, just over 6 and a half years, and pay an undetermined amount of court and restitution fees.

His attorneys declined to comment on whether they will appeal.

A civil suit against Kallister filed by the victims' families is pending.

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