A Toulon man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the deaths of three Stark County teen-agers in a traffic accident near Kewanee two years ago.
Henry County Circuit Court Judge Ted Hamer Monday sentenced Morgan D. Blakey, 21, of Toulon, to 12 years in state prison on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 2 felony.
Blakey was found guilty of the charge, and of a Class 3 felony charge of reckless homicide, following a bench trial in June.
Hamer did not sentence him on the reckless homicide charge, as that verdict is being appealed.
On March 1, 2012, Blakey was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in connection with a Nov. 29, 2011 accident which took the lives of three Stark County High School students.
Kelsey F. Clifford, 15, Levi D. Berg, 16, both of Toulon, and Bradley D. Wood, 18, of Wyoming — all passengers in a car Blakey was driving — each died of head trauma from the accident on the East Street South extension south of Kewanee.
Blakey must serve 85 percent of his sentence. In addition, Blakey was fined $10,000 and upon his release from prison he will serve two years of mandatory supervision.
Judge Hamer denied a motion for a new trial.
According to testimony at Blakey’s trial, he had been “huffing” from a can of compressed air just before the accident.
At Monday’s sentencing hearing, family members of the accident victims made statements to the court. Blakey declined to make a statement.
State’s Attorney Terry Patton had asked Hamer to impose a sentence of 20 years in prison. Defense attorney Doug Scovill asked for a sentence of probation.