St. Louis (KMOX) - The Sunset Hills Police officer whose wrong-way, drunk driving crash cost the lives of four college students from India is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 today. Christine Miller entered a blind guilty plea in December to four counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of second degree assault.
Miller was off-duty and had been drinking at a bar just before the crash in the early hours of March 21, 2009. She was driving the
wrong way on Dougherty Ferry Road when she caused the accident. The prosecutor in the case stated her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit and that her purse contained a bar receipt for five “cosmopolitan” mixed drinks.
In a move to avoid a trial, Miller entered a blind guilty plea in December, leaving it up to Judge Michael Jamieson to decide her punishment. Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum is expected repeat his assertion that Miller suffered serious “neurological issues” from the crash. When asked after her guilty plea if Miller was well enough to go to prison, Rosenblum replied, “I’m an attorney, not a doctor.”
Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has made no public statements about what sort of sentence the former police officer should get.
By throwing herself on the mercy of the judge, Miller could get from probation to 67 years in prison.