JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 25-year-old Energy man charged in connection with the June 11 crash on Interstate 57 that killed a Mt. Vernon teen could be facing more charges in Jefferson County Court based on blood test results.
Cole Stevens currently faces two Class 2 felony charges of aggravated DUI resulting in death; Class 4 aggravated DUI resulting in bodily harm, and misdemeanor DUI of any amount of drug in connection with the crash that claimed the life of 18-year-old Emma Caserotti and seriously injured Caserotti’s passenger, 18-year-old Tristen Sharp.
The Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office now plans to file six additional counts of Class 2 felony aggravated DUI against Stevens, three for each of the two victims in the case. A superseding bill of indictment will be presented to the grand jury.
The original two felony charges stem from cocaine allegedly found in Stevens’ urine following the crash. The new charges will be based on cocaine and pain medication allegedly found in Stevens’ blood at that time.
Class 2 felonies are punishable by three to 14 years in prison. Stevens, who remains in the Jefferson County Jail, is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 9 for a pre-trial hearing.