A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, June 16, in Rock Island County Circuit Court for an Andalusia man charged in connection with a 2013 fatal crash that left two people dead.
Mitchell A. Gayer, 27, entered an Alford plea Jan. 25 to aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 2 felony. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees the prosecution likely could prove the charge at trial. The sentencing will be in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
According to prior court testimony, Gayer lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet S10 on a curve on 51st Street West near Milan and swerved off the road and into a ditch and hit a tree on Nov. 27, 2013.
Passengers Jamie Sedam, 22, of Port Byron and Clayton Carver, 24, of Taylor Ridge were killed in the crash.
Prosecutors say Gayer's blood alcohol content was 0.146, nearly twice the legal limit to drive. At the time of the crash, Gayer was driving 61 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to prior court testimony.
Gayer has maintained that he has no memory of the crash itself or the events leading up to it.
In January 2015, Gayer entered an Alford plea to one count of aggravated driving under the influence and was sentenced in May 2015 to 18 years in prison.
He later filed a motion to take back the plea and argued that his former attorney, William Schick, was ineffective.
On Dec. 30, 2015, Associate Judge Thomas Berglund granted his request to take back his plea and vacated his prison sentence.