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Article updated: 7/29/2013 5:47 AM

Man sentenced to 12 years for DUI that killed 2 Rolling Meadows women


A Mokena man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to a 2011 DUI crash that killed two women from Rolling Meadows, was sentenced on Friday to 12 years in prison, officials said.

Joseph E. Slattery, 27, was reportedly driving while intoxicated around 8 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2011 near Peotone when he veered over the centerline and struck another vehicle, according to a release from the Will County State's Attorney's office.

Margaret Simons, 72, and her mother Suzanne Thompson, 92, both of Rolling Meadows, died as a result of the crash. Another passenger, Ralph Simons, who was 42 at the time of the crash, was hospitalized for 13 days.

Slattery's blood-alcohol level was .092 shortly after the accident and he tested positive for opiates, according to the release.

"Joseph Slattery's decision to drive drunk showed a callous disregard for the safety of other motorists, and his actions cost two women their lives," State's Attorney James Glasgow said in the release. "He should spend his time in prison contemplating the horrific results of his crime."

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