MT. VERNON, Ill. (KSDK) - The Illinois trooper convicted for killing a pair of sisters in a November 2007 accident on Interstate 64 was denied an appeal to have his driver's license reinstated.
Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell killed 13-year-old Kelli and 18-year-old Jessica Uhl November 23, 2007 when he crossed the median on Interstate 64 and crashed into the Uhls' car. He was driving 126 miles per hour, using his cell phone to speak with his girlfriend, and using his computer to send and receive emails.
In 2010, Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated reckless driving. He was sentenced to 20 months of probation and lost his driver's license. It was his third accident as a state trooper.
Days after pleading guilty, Mitchell resigned from the ISP.
On July 23, Mitchell appeared at an appeals hearing in Mt. Vernon, testifying that he needed his license to provide for his young daughter, to sustain his life, and to seek employment.
"I am not a risk-taker. I am not reckless. I am not a monster," Mitchell said at the time.
At present, Mitchell lives in Texas.
Kim Schlau, mother of Jessica and Kelli Uhl, received a phone call from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office informing her that Mitchell lost his appeal.