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Trucker involved in Flora fatal 2017 crash pleads guilty

Posted by on Friday, May 17th, 2019 @ 11:47 am.

Walter Beck Pollock, inset, and a snap of the truck after the double-fatal accident in July 2017

CLAY CO., Ill. - After lawyering up with an attorney for a convicted southern Illinois killer, a Missouri truck driver apparently has chosen not to bother the court any more and has entered a guilty plea in a fatal 2017 crash.

Walter B. Pollock, now 63, of Sikeston, Missouri, entered the plea yesterday (Thursday, May 16) in Clay County Circuit Court to one of the multiple felony counts he was facing: Aggravated DUI Causing an Accident leading to a Death. The count is one of three such Class 2 felonies he was facing in the July 27, 2017 wreck on U.S. 50 in Flora that took the lives of Eric Bosel, 29, of Noble and Jacob Russell Stewart, 27, of Olney. You can read all articles about the situation at this link.

Ostensibly, with the entering of the single plea, the rest of the charges, felonies, misdemeanors and traffic, will be dismissed: Two more counts of Class 2 felony Aggravated DUI Causing Accident leading to Death; two counts Class 3 felony Reckless Homicide involving a Motor Vehicle; Class 3 felony Possession of Meth less than 5 grams; two counts Class 4 felony Violation of Illinois Motor Carrier Law, and various traffic citations issued in the wake of the wreck.

Initially we reported that Pollock had lawyered up with the attorney White County murderer Danny Coston chose for his defense, Scott Rosenblum of St. Louis; but as is usually the case, Rosenblum wasn't the attorney representing Pollock; and associate, Michael J. Mettes, was tapped to actually appear.

Mettes wrangled with the prosecutor in the ensuing almost-two-years, attempting to suppress evidence, to no avail. The final pretrial conference was set for Thursday, and at that time Pollock instead opted to enter an open plea with a sentencing cap 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. An open plea means that the judge doesn't have to accept it; it's not a negotiated plea ("I'll dismiss charges in exchange for the plea and a specific sentence" being the deal from the prosecutor). The sentencing is set for July 23, so we'll see what happens.

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