On Wednesday, August 26th, Judge Ronda Holliman, of the Champaign County Circuit Court, Illinois sentenced Ashia Marshall to six years in prison. The woman was found guilty for driving her car off an unfinished bridge last September while under the influence.
The accident occured on the Bradley Avenue Bridge. Marshall stood trial for aggravated DUI and causing bodily harm to two people traveling with her when she crashed. During the sentencing hearing, the county prosecutors called several law enforcement officers to testify.
One of the officers informed the court that he responded to a call about the defendant running someone over with her car after an argument on the day of the accident. Another county lawman, James Warren, said that he tried to conduct a traffic stop on Marshall, but she drove off, and he pursued her.
The officer added that after the woman crashed, she fled on foot, but he caught and arrested her. Warren found ecstasy and cocaine in the defendant’s car and informed the court that she drove without a driver’s license.
Marshall’s mother, Stephanie, and her grandmother, Marilyn Booker, testified that she struggled with substance abuse and mental health illness. They pleaded with the court to send her to an institution to get help and not to prison.
Judge Holliman disagreed, saying she believes that imprisonment is necessary for the public’s safety and proceeded to read out the number of years the defendant will serve. There is no information on the victims’ testimony, but they have reportedly recovered from their injuries.
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