DIXON – A Dixon man pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter in the drunken-driving death of his girlfriend 2-and-a-half years ago.
Kyle R. Krebs Jr., 38, faces 2 to 5 years in prison at his sentencing Feb. 28.
Krebs, then of Eldena, was westbound on McGirr Road around 2 a.m. on Aug. 29, 2016, when he missed the curve near Nachusa Road, went off the road and rolled, throwing Alicia Sexton, 42, also of Eldena, from the car.
Krebs, who investigators said was drunk and under the influence of unspecified drugs, left the scene.
Sexton was taken to KSB Hospital and was to have been flown to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, but the fog was too thick that night, so she was taken by ambulance.
Her condition worsened just south of Oregon, though, and she was returned to KSB, where she was pronounced dead around 6:20 a.m.
Krebs initially was charged with DUI and improper lane usage.
Those charges were amended that Sept. 28 to involuntary manslaughter, two counts of leaving the scene and three counts of aggravated DUI, all felonies, and three counts of DUI and one of leaving the scene; all misdemeanors.
All but involuntary manslaughter were dismissed today in Lee County Court, where Krebs made an open plea, which means it will be up to Judge Jacquelyn Ackert to determine his sentence, without a recommendation from State’s Attorney Matt Klahn.
Krebs, who has been free on bond, was arrested Jan. 5 in Lee County on a DeKalb County warrant for failure to appear in a 2015 felony possession of a controlled substance case. He has a March 5 status hearing; no further information was available Thursday.
He also has a 2016 misdemeanor DUI alcohol conviction in that county; he was sentenced in April 2017 to 18 months of conditional discharge.
He also was given 18 months of Lee County Court supervision in 2002 for possession of marijuana and DUI drugs.