September 14, 2011
A Washington teen will serve at least four months in the Missouri Department of Corrections in a 2009 collision that left one man dead and another driver injured.
Nicole A. Feldmann, 19, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to a five-year prison term on charges of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault in the Oct. 29, 2009, crash that claimed the life of Michael Prater, 33, of St. Charles. Another man, Terry L. Robinson, 38, Fenton, was injured in the three-vehicle crash on Highway 100 near Jones Lane.
Prosecutor Bob Parks had asked that Feldmann be sentenced to five years. Judge Gael Wood ordered her to serve 120 days in an alcohol and drug treatment program in prison.
If she successfully completes the drug and alcohol treatment program she will be released on five years' supervised probation.
Judge Wood also ordered Feldmann to speak to high school classes about the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving as a special condition of probation.
Washington, Mo., teen pleads guilty in crash that killed St. Charles man
BY JOEL CURRIER
July 27, 2011
FRANKLIN COUNTY • A Washington, Mo., teen pleaded guilty Tuesday in a 2009 head-on crash that killed a St. Charles man.
Nicole A. Feldmann, 19, of the 1000 block of Rose Lane, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court to involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault in a three-vehicle crash in October 2009 that killed Michael Prater, 33, of St. Charles.
Feldmann was accused of being intoxicated when she crashed head-on into Michael Prater's car along Route 100 on Oct. 29, 2009, just outside Washington.
Prater, 33, was heading west on Route 100 when Feldmann's red Pontiac Grand Prix crossed the center line and struck Prater's 2004 Chevrolet, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. The collision sent Prater's car spinning into an eastbound pickup driven by Terry L. Robinson, 38.
Robinson also was charged with drunken driving and driving without a license. His case is pending in court.
Feldmann told investigators she had been drinking shots of vodka at a friend's house before the crash. She also admitted smoking marijuana.
Court documents said police took blood samples from Feldmann and seized marijuana, rolling papers, a tobacco grinder and two pills of Lorazepam, an anxiety medication, from her car.
Feldmann also had been charged with armed criminal action, marijuana possession and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, but Franklin County Prosecutor Bob Parks said those charges were dismissed as part of her guillty plea.
Parks said prosecutors will seek a five-year prison sentence for Feldmann when she is sentenced Sept. 13.
Prater, a gas station manager, left behind a wife and two children.
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