November 29, 2010
Scott A. Rossow, 27, faces up to 28 years in prison when he is sentenced by Associate Judge Edward Burmila on Jan. 21. Judge Burmila found Rossow guilty at the conclusion of an eight-day bench trial.
Rossow was driving a Corvette in excess of 100 mph near the intersection of Francis and Town Line Roads in Mokena in the early-morning hours of Dec. 8, 2006 when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. The defendant and his two passengers, Christopher Sommers and David Sauseda, were all ejected from the vehicle. Sommers was a friend; Sauseda was a family member.
Rossow’s blood-alcohol level was .127. His defense attorney argued he was not driving the car.
The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, working closely with the Mokena Police Department and the Will County Sheriff’s Department, charged the case in 2008 after conducting thorough reviews of accident reconstruction reports that were completed during the lengthy investigation.
State’s Attorney Glasgow credited prosecutors Christopher Koch and Tricia McKenna for their expert trial work. “This was an extraordinarily complicated case that demanded a detailed knowledge of evidence contained in highly technical reconstruction reports to prove who was responsible for this horrific crash.” Glasgow said. “These two fine prosecutors presented the evidence clearly to the judge, enabling him to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Rossow was behind the wheel."
Charles B. Pelkie
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