Kelly Duke sentenced to 30 years in prison in fatal drunk driving case


by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- The final stage of 2012 New Year's Day crash that killed a New Berlin couple has happened. 18-year-old Kelly Duke has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and 12 years probation for a drunk driving accident that killed two New Berlin residents.

Ed and Jean Thaves were killed in a New Year's Day crash near 26th and St. Paul caused by Kelly Duke who was drunk driving.  According to the criminal complaint, Duke took off from the scene but his brother later told police where they could find him.

Police said Duke had a blood alcohol concentration of .183. He told investigators he had taken his aunt’s car and he didn’t remember if he had consent.

Duke has received many delays over his competency and to change lawyers.

Their family says Duke's no contest plea is his way of avoiding responsibility and saying he's sorry. The Thaves family called the plea in October a "big blow to us."





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