61-year-old John Adams was sentenced Thursday to 30 months probation. Adams is the Bluffs, Illinois resident who pleaded guilty in April to Reckless homicide in the fatal accident on Interstate 57 that killed 23-year-old Brianne Martin of Effingham.
The fatal accident occurred last October when Adams pulled his semi-truck into an Interstate 57 passing lane and attempted to turn into a median. Adams though did not fully completed his turn when he stopped, resulting in a collision with Martin’s oncoming vehicle. Adams was found to have cocaine metabolite in his system at the time of the accident, but forensic testing found that Adams was not impaired at the time of the accident.
Effingham County States Attorney Bryan Kibler asked for Adams to be sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, the max sentence for Reckless Homicide. Judge Kimberly Koester though chose the sentence of 30 months probation, which was the request of the defense.
Koester explained the decision, saying it was based on Adams age and the 200-plus days he’d spent in County Jail as the case was handled. Additionally, because of day to day credit, if Adams had been given the max sentence he would have actually only spent approximately a year in prison.
Along with probation, Adams must pay $2000 in court costs, and in the name of Martin he must make a $1000 contribution to the Effingham County Drug Court program, which Martin had graduated from.