Hearing Tuesday to determine if Matt Mitchell will get driver's license back

1:21 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (KSDK) - A judge presided over a hearing Tuesday to determine if former Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell should get his driver's license back.

Mitchell killed 13-year-old Kelli and 18-year-old Jessica Uhl November 23, 2007 when he crossed the median on Interstate 64 and crashed into the Uhls' car. He was driving 126 miles per hour, using his cell phone to speak with his girlfriend, and using his computer to send and receive emails.

In 2010, Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated reckless driving. He was sentenced to 20 months of probation and lost his driver's license. This was his third accident as a state trooper.

Days after pleading guilty, Mitchell resigned from the police force.

NewsChannel 5's Steve Patterson was in the Mount Vernon, Ill. courtroom Tuesday, but cameras were not allowed inside.

Patterson says Mitchell testified that he needs his driver's license in order to provide for his 10-year-old daughter, sustain his life, and to get a job.

The last thing Mitchell said in court was, "I am not a risk-taker. I am not reckless. I am not a monster."

Mitchell, who now lives in Texas, would not answer questions from NewsChannel 5 as he left the courtroom until Patterson asked him if he thought he had a fair hearing.

"Yes. All my hearings were fair," Mitchell responded.

Family of the Uhl sisters was in the courtroom during the hearing. They argue the revocation of Mitchell's driver's license was part of his plea deal, and that it should not be reinstated.

"With the timing of these appeals, coming so quickly after those denials, it doesn't give us a break, but we will continue to come up here. Every time he appeals, we will come up here. We'll continue to fight to make sure that we are keeping other people safe," said the Uhl sisters' mother, Kim Schlau.

The judge could make a ruling in 90 days.


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