MADISON — A case that was nearly three years in the court system in Boone County was resolved on Thursday.
Represented by Attorney Wendle Cook, Dylan Price pleaded guilty to driving impaired causing death and will serve three years of home confinement as part of a plea agreement outlined by Circuit Judge Jay M. Hoke.
On May 27, 2018, Jonathan “Tater” Lester, a passenger in a truck driven by Price, was killed when Price lost control of the vehicle. Price was 19 at the time of the wreck that killed Lester.
Price had one prior arrest for DUI from 2017 that was pending in Logan County Magistrate Court at the time of the fatal wreck. Price was charged with driving impaired causing death in connection with the wreck, which occurred at the old Hobet mining site, accessible off of U.S. 119.
Via the plea agreement, Price will be allowed to work throughout the length and terms of the home confinement period and will be subject to monitoring by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Home Confinement program.
Lester’s mother, Cindy Lester, spoke about the loss of her son in an emotional testimony to the court as her family and other people in the courtroom listened.
In part, she said, “It took his smile, his laugh, his giggle, his personality, his love, his senior year and his senior pictures.”
She concluded her statements with, “I pray that you don’t touch alcohol again and if you do, that you call someone to come and get you. Call me, I’ll come and get you.”
Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Donna Taylor, who took office in December, said she was pleased the Lester family saw a conclusion to the case.
“I’m glad there is closure and I hate that it has taken nearly three years,” she said. “I feel terrible for the victim’s family in the fact it took that long for resolution. I feel that Price is being held accountable for his actions.”
The maximum penalty for driving impaired causing death is 15 years in prison.