Woman sentenced to prison for deadly motorcycle crash

Published: Oct. 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2014 at 12:01 AM CDT
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A 38-year-old woman has been sentenced to seven years for hitting and killing a motorcyclist.

Heather L. Richey, was convicted on Sept. 30 of aggravated driving while under the influence.

According to the Jackson County State's Attorney, Michael C. Carr, Richey was driving northbound on Route 127 on May 6, 2011 near the intersection of Grange Hall Road outside of Murphysboro, Ill.

Michael Hogrefe was driving his motorcycle southbound on 127.

Richey made a left-hand turn onto Grange Hall Road and failed to yield to Hogrefe. She turned directly into his path, resulting in his death.

According to Carr, toxicology reports revealed the presence of cocaine metabolite and amphetamine in Richey's urine at the time of the crash. Both are controlled substances in Illinois.

Michael Hogrefe, 63, was a retired sergeant with the Chester Police Department and at the time of his death, he worked with the Illinois Youth Camp in Murphysboro.

Richey was convicted of a Class 2 Felony DUI and was sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a two year period of mandatory supervised release. This sentence was ordered to run consecutively to a federal sentence previously imposed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

The case was investigated by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Assistant State's Attorney Rebecca Blomer prosecuted this case.

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