BELLEVILLE, Ill. (August 2, 2012)--Former Illinois State Police trooper Matt Mitchell, 34, who moved to Killeen after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a 2007 high-speed crash, wants his Illinois driver's license back.
Mitchell was driving 126 miles per hour and was talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone when his patrol car crossed the median on Interstate 64 in southwestern Illinois and slammed into the car in which the two sisters, Kelli and Jessica Uhl, were riding on the day after Thanksgiving in 2007, prosecutors said.
He was en route to an accident scene, but authorities said help had already arrived there.
In April 2010 he pleaded guilty to reckless homicide charges in the deaths of the sisters and to aggravated reckless driving charges stemming from injuries a man and his pregnant wife suffered in the crash.
He was sentenced to 30 months probation and his license was suspended the next month.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Mitchell submitted a 15-page application for reinstatement of his driving privileges on July 13.
Because Mitchell lives here, he can seek reinstatement of his license without attending a formal hearing, the newspaper reported.
An administrative officer in Springfield, Ill. will decide Mitchell's request.
St. Clair County prosecutors oppose Mitchell's application.