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Janesville woman sentenced for role in crash

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
October 15, 2009
— A Janesville woman will spend one year in jail on charges of driving drunk, running a stop sign and causing a three-way crash in Walworth Township.

Heather M. Weiland, 23, of Janesville was charged with six felony counts of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle stemming from a June 23 crash. She had a small child in her vehicle, aggravating the charges.


Weiland failed to stop at a four-way stop at Highway 67 and County F in Walworth Township, according to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office. Weiland’s Jeep struck a Volkswagen Beetle and then hit a sport-utility vehicle.


The driver of the Beetle, Keishah E. King, 22, of Williams Bay was flown to a local hospital with critical internal injuries. She was taken to the intensive care unit, where she was quickly brought to stable condition.


Other victims were treated and released from area hospitals.


King’s father, Keith E. King, 40, of Williams Bay sustained minor injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver of the third car, Donna A. Spadoni, 40, of Fontana also sustained minor injuries.


Weiland on Wednesday changed her previous plea to guilty on three counts of felony injury by intoxicated use of vehicle. Other charges were dismissed but read in.


She was immediately sent to Walworth County Jail. Judge Michael Gibbs said Weiland could be transferred to Rock County Jail so she can maintain her job in Janesville as soon as his court receives official paperwork from the jail in Janesville.


Along with one year in jail with work release, Gibbs gave Weiland 10 years probation and ordered her to seek treatment. Her sentence will be withheld. If Weiland violates her probation, she could be sentenced up to 75 years in prison.


In tears, Weiland apologized to the victims and thanked the court for a second chance.


The victims were present Wednesday but chose not to speak because the court had a tight schedule during the 11 a.m. criminal call.


District Attorney Phil Koss said the victims agree with the sentence and want Weiland to keep in mind the seriousness of her offenses and how deeply she affected their lives.


“And she’d better not blow this,” Koss said of her probation time and treatment.



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