A habitual drunk driver is a free man, after killing a young boy less than four years ago.

In October 2012, Ricky Weeden, 57, fled the scene of an accident in Pagedale. He struck and killed Traye-shon Williams, 4, and injured his brother Jay’shard Conner, 10.

Because Weeden fled the scene, prosecutors did not have evidence to prove he was drunk. Weeden entered guilty pleas for involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash and driving with a revoked license.

“We searched and searched for ways to increase the sentence primarily to keep him off the streets. Once he's not confined, he's danger to everybody,” said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

Records who Weeden was also involved in a crash in 1983 that left two women dead. He had also been driving with a revoked license since 1993.

“Plea deals should be gotten rid of. We're just trying to do the expedient thing of getting people through the courts. The courts should be doing the expeditious thing and make sure the problem is solved from the beginning, not keep letting it go,” said Mike Boland, a spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Weeden’s defense attorney Nick Zotos said plea deals are part of the court process.

“We all compromise. That's the way it works. People weigh the consequences and that's why most cases are pled,” Zotos said.

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