An Illinois woman who was driving drunk when she hit and killed a Lorain County couple as they crossed the street outside a bar in East Peoria, Illinois, in April 2022 has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Stephanie Melgoza, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI and aggravated reckless driving in Illinois' 10th Circuit Court in February. Judge Tim Cusack sentenced her in his Tazewell County, Illinois, courtroom on Thursday, according to multiple media reports.
"I don’t believe this sentence (will) please anyone, but I believe it is the most just," Cusack said, according to a story in The Bradley Scout, the Bradley University student newspaper.
Melgoza admitted to hitting and killing 43-year-old Andrea Rosewicz of Avon and 55-year-old Paul Prowant of Avon Lake with her Dodge Dart as they left Full Throttle Bar & Grill and crossed North Main Street in East Peoria just after 10 p.m. on April 10, 2022.
Melgoza was a senior at Bradley University in East Peoria at the time of the crash. She faced a range of six to 28 years in prison, and under Illinois law must serve at least 85 percent of her sentence, according to media reports.