A drunk driver who served 120 days in prison for killing two Licking children faces revocation of his probation, court officials say.
Justin Bradshaw was released in February 2009 by a Maries County judge after serving the four-month term – a move that outraged the victims’ families. Killed in the December 2006 wreck on North U.S. 63 in Licking were Ryan M. Jones, 15, who died shortly after being freed from the wreckage, and Amanda Strom, 8, who died the following day in a Springfield hospital. Four others were injured in the crash. According to a patrol report, Bradshaw’s alcohol level was .123 percent, which is nearly twice the legal limit.
Court documents show Associate Circuit Judge Kerry G. Rowden received a probation and parole violation report dated March 1 that alleged Bradshaw, 28, had consumed alcohol. Last Monday, Rowden issued a warrant for Bradshaw’s arrest. A hearing is set for March 25. Don Vrba, Bradshaw’s probation and parole officer in Rolla, declined comment Friday.
Then Associate Circuit Judge John Clayton accepted a guilty plea in August 2008 and maintained control over the case using a state statute that allowed him to review Bradshaw’s case after he served 120 days. Bradshaw’s original sentence was 10 years in prison on the manslaughter charges and six years on the four assault counts.
In January 2009, Clayton signed an order that released Bradshaw from a Fulton prison and placed him on supervised probation for five years. Clayton lost his judgeship in an election in November 2010.
Family members of the children say Clayton’s decision still pains them.
“The way that judge treated us that day and the cold hearted things he told us that day still makes my blood boil,” said Cindy Halluin, the children’s aunt who resides in Illinois. “This is proof that Bradshaw’s thought process has not changed about drinking and driving. He is still a repeat offender and has not changed his behavior. He needs a more severe sentence, not only because he killed our kids and destroyed my sister’s live, but because of other innocent victims out there on the roads.”
It wasn’t the first time Bradshaw had a brush with the law. Records show he entered a guilty plea in 2004 in a DWI case in Shannon County and was ordered to pay a $300 fine. Later, he failed to appear for a court hearing related to not paying the fine and a warrant was issued for his arrest and later recalled in March 2005, according to court documents.