Illinois: Woman with prior DWI pleads guilty to DWI death of motorist, faces up to 14 years in prison


     Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Tania Cederholm, 35, of Woodstock, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Causing Death—a class 2 felony. 

     In the late evening hours of February 21, 2007, Tania Cederholm drove her vehicle northbound on Dunham Rd.  At the intersection of 176 and Dunham, Cederholm’s vehicle entered into the intersection, pulling in front of an oncoming vehicle that was traveling eastbound and was being driven by David LeJeune of Rockford.  After striking Cederholm’s vehicle, Mr. LeJeune’s vehicle spun into the oncoming lane of westbound traffic and was struck by a third vehicle.  Mr. LeJeune later died due to the injuries he sustained.  Other persons involved in the three car collision received non-life threatening injuries.  Ms. Cederholm’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was determined to be .246 based on a toxicology screen performed during her medical treatment.  Ms. Cederholm had a prior DUI violation from 2004. 
  Ms. Cederholm’s next court date is February 10, 2011, where a date will be set for sentencing.  This offense is probationable, and if prison is imposed, there is a range of 3 to 14 years in prison.  Ms. Cederholm would be required to serve 85% of any prison sentence before being eligible for parole. 
 This case was investigated by Sgt. Karen Groves of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, and was prosecuted by Phil Hiscock and Ryan Blackney of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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