Former Ill. Trooper Matt Mitchell Back in Court
MT. VERNON, Ill. (KMOX) – Former Illinois state trooper Matt Mitchell will be back in court Wednesday in a fourth attempt to have his drivers license reinstated.
Mitchell, 35, has taken responsibility for a car crash on November 23, 2007 that killed Collinsville sisters Jessica Uhl, 18, and Kelli Uhl, 13.
Mitchell was responding to an incident when he lost control, crossed an I-64 median near Scott Air Force Base, and collided with the Uhls’ car. Mitchell was driving 126 miles per hour and using his cell phone and computer at the moment he lost control.
In 2010, Mitchell pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving as part of a plea bargain. His license was suspended for two years as part of the deal.
The former trooper now lives in Killeen, Texas but returned to Illinois in July for a hearing in Mt. Vernon. On September 26, a judge ruled against Mitchell’s appeal to have his driving privileges reinstated.
Wednesday morning’s hearing starts at 8:30 a.m. but a decision is not expected immediately.
Kim Schlau, the mother of Jessica and Kelli Uhl, has appeared at each of Mitchell’s hearings to argue against his license reinstatement. Mitchell’s attorneys argue that he has fulfilled the terms of his plea bargain and should be allowed to move ahead with his life.
Mitchell’s attempt at receiving worker’s compensation benefits in 2010 prompted a state law which prohibits employees injured while committing crimes from receiving benefits.
Correction: an earlier version of this story stated that Mr. Mitchell’s hearing is Tuesday. It is Wednesday.