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Eldena man gets 2 years for involuntary manslaughter

March 1, 2019

DIXON – When Kyle Ray Krebs Jr. got behind the wheel, drunk and high, when he left the scene of the subsequent rollover that eventually took the life of Alicia Sexton, when he and his friends tried to hide the evidence of his intoxication instead of taking the injured Sexton to a hospital, he made decisions that laid to ruin the lives of dozens of people who loved her.

Krebs, 38, was sentenced Thursday to 2 years in prison, followed by a year of supervised release, in the Aug. 29, 2016 death of the 42-year-old Eldena woman.

He pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to involuntary manslaughter; nine other counts – failure to report an accident involving death, an accident involving injury, two counts of aggravated DUI involving death and one resulting in bodily harm, and four misdemeanors, including three involving DUI – were dismissed as part of his plea agreement. He got credit for 28 days served.

He received the minimum sentence – involuntary manslaughter is punishable by 2 to 5 years. The most serious of his charges – failure to report a death – is punishable by 4 to 15 years.

Krebs was westbound on McGirr Road around 2 a.m. when he failed to follow the curve near Nachusa Road, went off the pavement and rolled, throwing Sexton from the car. She was taken to the home of her uncle before being taken to KSB Hospital, where she died of blunt force trauma to her chest and abdomen.

Sexton’s mother, Claudia Rogus, and one of her three siblings, Katie Erickson, flew to Dixon from California to speak at his sentencing Thursday.

Rogus recounted that night as she was told how it unfolded: how her daughter crawled on the ground, begging for help, and how she died 6 hours later, before her family could get to her side to say goodbye.

Who knows if getting her to the hospital sooner would have saved Alicia’s life, but “she was not helped, so you could run and hide and sober up ... How could you just not help her?” Rogus said.

“I relive the horror of that night over and over. It sickens me, and it appalls me. It is part of me now ... part of my essence.”

Alicia’s death is part of Krebs now, too, “whether you admit it or not,” Rogus told him, imploring him to take advantage of IDOC programs that will help him become sober.

“Change your life. Go help people. Take responsibility.”

Her daughter echoed that sentiment.

“The hole in my life is irreparable,” a tearful Erickson said.

“Please try to get some help.”

Krebs did not speak at his sentencing.

Sexton also left behind a daughter, Chloe Finn, then 15, a former Amboy High School student.