CLINTON COUNTY — A 26-year-old Damiansville man turned himself in last night to the Clinton County Jail so he can begin serving his 6-month sentence for obstructing justice in the 2014 hit-and-run death of 23-year-old Lana Albert.
Jonathon Nast was sentenced in September to 180 days in jail for attempting to have his pickup truck destroyed after he struck
and killed Albert as she was walking along U.S. Highway 50 in Breese.
Nast was initially charged with Class 1 felony failure to report a fatal accident – which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and Class 4 felony obstructing justice, which is punishable by as little as 30 months probation up to 3 years in prison.
But the case did not proceed to trial and Nast entered into a plea agreement with the state to plead guilty to the Class 4 count with the Class 1 felony being dismissed, in exchange for a 6-month jail sentence and an agreement to pay $2,500 in fines and court costs.
According to police reports, around 2 a.m. June 8, 2014, police say Albert was walking along old U.S. 50 near the Big Stix bar in Breese when she was struck by the truck driven by Nast. Police found Albert’s body in a ditch near the road shortly after locating one of her shoes.
Both Nast and Albert had been in Big Stix the night of the crash, while toxicology test results showed Albert’s blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.26, more than three times the legal limit, Nast was not charged with being drunk when the crash occurred because by the time police arrested him, they could not test what his blood alcohol content was at the time of the crash.
He was arrested June 10 after attempting to have his truck crushed at a Murphysboro salvage yard.