Guilty Plea In Highway 29 DUI Death

December 29, 2007

mattheiss.jpgAnthony Mattheiss (pictured left) of Cantonment pleaded guilty Friday to DUI manslaughter in connection with a May 15 crash south of Molino.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash on Highway 29 near Booth Lake Road occurred when a Mercedes driven by Mattheiss, 45, crashed into a Chevy at about 95 mph, killing 71 year old Charles Stanton of Cantonment. The posted speed limit in that area is 65 mph.

The FHP says Mattheiss blood alcohol level was 0.16, which is twice the legal limit in Florida.

A passenger in Mattheiss vehicle, Gary Cooper, and the driver of the Chevrolet, Eddie Evans, were also injured in the crash, according to the FHP.

Mattheiss faces 15 to 20 years in prison. His next court date is currently scheduled for February 27.

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