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Drunken driver ordered released after 12 years in jail

Sunday, March 8, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — An appeals court has ordered a man released from the St. Charles County jail because he has served more than 12 years for a drunken driving crash that killed four people.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the ruling Thursday said Michael J. Teer, 38, should have been given credit for time served when he was resentenced last month.

Teer was found guilty in 1996 of four counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault after a crash in 1994.

The jury that found Teer guilty recommended a maximum sentence of four years in jail. But the judge instead sentenced Teer as a prior offender to 20 years in prison.

The Supreme Court ruled in January that because the judge had not found Teer to be a prior offender before the case went to the jury, he could not sentence Teer as a prior offender.

And the appellate order says statute requires that Teer be given credit for the time he served in prison.

 


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