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Man gets 18 years for drunken driving homicide

by Rob Ireland

June 07, 2012

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ELKHORN — A 22-year-old who killed a father of five after blowing through a stop sign at 67 mph while intoxicated will spend 18 years in prison.

John Weller, of Palmyra, pleaded guilty to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, as a repeat offender. On Thursday afternoon Judge John Race also sentenced Weller to an additional seven years of extended supervision.

On Aug. 23, 2011, Weller crashed his Chrysler Sebring into a Dodge Ram, which was being driven by Kelly Agnes, 40. The crash was at Highways A and H in the town of Sugar Creek at about 9 p.m.

During the hearing, Agnes' family described him as a loving father, sibling, uncle and son.

"John Weller is so young, but he needs to pay for what he has done," Rebecca McMahon, Agnes sister said. "My brother was a good guy. He was just coming home from work."

McMahon spoke slowly and struggled to speak through her tears as she told Judge John Race about her brother's death. McMahon said she understood people make mistakes, but was concerned that Weller didn't show remorse.

"The lack of remorse from John Weller makes this even more unbearable," she said.

When Weller was given a chance to speak, he did express remorse for his actions.

"What happened that night wasn't intentional," Weller said. "I think about that Kelly's kids have to grow up without their father in their lives."

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