A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally:
Woman Sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections After Killing One and Injuring Another While Driving Under the Influence of Heroin
Sheree Shaw, 46, of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Aggravated DUI causing death and great bodily harm.
On May 6, 2016 at 3:30 p.m., Shaw’s vehicle swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic at the 2800 block of Richmond Road in McHenry, striking a motorcycle carrying Amy and Michael Thornton, husband and wife.
Amy Thorton, mother of two, died as the result of her injuries. Michael Thorton sustained extensive injuries as a result of the crash, including a broken femur and broken pelvis. Blood tests later confirmed thatShaw was under the influence of heroin at the time of the collision.
Shaw, having fled to Las Vegas, Nevada before the results of her blood test were returned, was arrested on June 26, 2016 by the U.S. Marshall’s fugitive apprehension unit. Shaw pled guilty to this offense on April 28, 2017.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney’s Michael Combs and Robert Ladd.
The case was investigated by the City of McHenry Police Department’s crash assistance team lead by Officer Marc Fisher.
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A most complete Chicago Tribune article by Amanda Marrazzo can be found here.