Pontiac Cop’s Killer Pleads Guilty

Pontiac Cop’s Killer Pleads Guilty

A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty in a vehicle crash that killed an on-duty Pontiac officer and his police dog last year.

Jason Collins entered the plea Tuesday to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving in the October 2013 crash near Pontiac.

Officer Casey Kohlmeier, 29, and his dog, Draco, were killed when Collin’s vehicle crashed into Kohlmeier’s SUV that was parked on an interstate median.

Collins faces 14 years on the aggravated DUI charges when he is sentenced in October.
His lawyer says the plea wasn’t the result of any agreement with the state. He says Collins is “very remorseful.”

A civil lawsuit filed by the officer’s parents is still pending.

Recent Headlines

in Local

McMenamin Not Pleased with CWLP Plan


The Springfield City Council will vote Tuesday on a rate restructuring plan for City Water Light and Power to shore up the electric fund's debt.

in Local

Durbin: More Gun Control, Please


Dick Durbin is sounding a familiar tune.

in Local

Peorian Selected to Replace Peorian in Illinois Senate


Chuck Weaver is the man tapped by a committee made up of Republicans to replace Darin LaHood in Springfield

in Local

AAA: Springfield Enjoys Lowest Average Gas Prices in Illinois


The Pain at the Pump is less painful these days.

in Local

Illinois Schools Prepare for New Rating System

school test

The system will grade the schools and districts much like students taking a traditional classroom test are graded.