Man sentenced 9 years in deadly drunk driving crash in Vermilion County

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VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A Georgetown man will spend nearly a decade in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly drunk driving accident. Today, a judge handed down a 9-year sentence for 47-year-old Anthony Austin.

On the night of the crash, Austin crossed over into oncoming traffic. He killed a family of three: 52-year-old Lee Hall, 46-year-old Felisha Hall and their 18-year-old daughter Madison.

Prosecutors recommended a maximum of 20 years in prison. The victims’ family said they were disappointed in the sentencing, but they hope this is a lesson that will make a difference.

“I mentioned to the judge, you know, I wish there was a way that some of the sentencing or probation would be that he has to go around to Vermilion County to do assemblies at schools and just mention you know, what he had done and the lives he took,” said Joseph Buyno, Felisha’s brother, “I would even go with him; just to show support and maybe we could change somebody, a youngster out here just starting out wanting to have that drink. Maybe to just think about it a little bit more. Maybe it’s another life we can save.”

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Buyno says he misses his family every day. He found an online support group, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, to help him get through it and encourage people in similar situations to do the same.

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