WOODSTOCK – A Hampshire man serving an eight-year prison sentence on an aggravated drunken driving conviction will not get a new trial.
Vincent Myers, 47, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence in connection with a 2015 crash that left two men with life-changing injuries. He entered a blind guilty plea, meaning the sentence would be up to the judge, and faced up to 12 years in prison. Judge Michael Feetterer sentenced him in March to eight years in prison.
Myers’ post-trial attorney, William Gibbs, then filed a motion asking to take back Myers’ guilty plea and/or have Feetterer reconsider Myers’ sentence, arguing that his client’s guilty plea was not voluntary but was a result of ineffective counsel and a promise by his trial lawyer of a more lenient sentence if he pleaded guilty.
Myers was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol for the third time in the early-morning hours of Sept 6, 2015, after the 2012 Lincoln MKZ he was driving hit two men who were stopped on the side of the road fixing a broken-down motorcycle.
Lake in the Hills residents Juan Martinez and Zac Feltman were fixing a motorcycle in the left turn lane on westbound Algonquin Road, west of Pyott Road. A friend of theirs, Brandon Dominguez, had his car parked behind the motorcycle, and Martinez and Feltman were standing near the trunk looking for tools when Myers struck them and the vehicles, authorities have said.
Martinez and Feltman were taken to area hospitals after suffering serious injuries. Martinez had his left leg amputated 2 inches above the knee just days after the crash. Feltman fractured both of his legs in the crash and remained hospitalized for nearly two months under constant supervision by family and friends.
Gibbs argued during a hearing Tuesday that his client was never told by the court or his lawyers that if he pleaded guilty he would not be able to appeal any of the pre-trial motions…