Teen gets 30 years in crash that killed couple

18-year-old stole car, lost control, slammed into couples' vehicle

Published On: Jan 11 2013 05:48:31 PM CST
MILWAUKEE -

A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 30 years in jail for a New Year's Day crash that killed a New Berlin couple last year.

Kelly Duke was 17 when authorities say he sped into an intersection with a stolen car and lost control, slamming into a waiting vehicle. Occupants Edwin and Jean Thaves were declared dead at the scene.

Tests later showed Duke had a blood-alcohol level of 0.183 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving.

His lawyer says Duke has no memory of the crash.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/VQBiAB) reports the victims' family sought the maximum sentence, 45 years, while Duke's attorney suggested 15.