Drunk driver who caused death of Wood River couple sentenced

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A man whose aggravated drunken driving caused the death of a Wood River couple has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Telegraph reports that 28-year-old Jeffrey Rynders of Alton was sentenced by a federal judge Wednesday after a police officer testified that Rynders was yelling at other drivers on Sept. 15, 2013, before turning in front of a motorcycle carrying Gary Wright and his wife, Lora Wright.

Police said Rynders had been drinking and smoking marijuana. His blood-alcohol level was 0.2 percent, almost three times the legal limit.

The judge at Wednesday’s hearing gave Rynders the maximum sentence allowed under a previous plea bargain. She exercised her authority to sentence Rynders to consecutive terms, resulting in two 10-year terms.

Rynders apologized for his actions at the hearing.
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Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.thetelegraph.com

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