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.

Copyright KMOX

Comments (5)
  1. Thomas P. says:

    The reported evidence appears to reveal this woman as an alcoholic who did not want to take the difficult road to giving up alcohol for the benefit of those around her. Sadly jail time might help her learn how to live without alcohol. Several years of jail time might be necessary for her to learn this. Any type of probation at this point would endanger everyone who came near this woman’s self centered path in my opinion as someone who has know people who are alcoholic and witnessed out patient treatment efforts.

  2. MB says:

    Where in this report do you get that she was an alcoholic? I agree what she did was wrong and needs some jail time but we all go out and have drinks sometimes.

  3. DB says:

    IYou know, I remember when a football Hero named Leonard Little killed a Mother of 4 children and just got a slap on the hand!!!!!!
    Also, a politican also killed someone while Drunk and got off real easy also.
    I think she should be punished but I think she got too much time.
    Why, Because she was a woman.

  4. Rodeo_Joe says:

    Recall Judge Michael Jamison.

    8 year sentence for killing 4 people?

    Recall Judge Michael Jamison.

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