Janesville woman goes to prison for drunken-driving death

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Frank Schultz
Friday, September 8, 2017

JANESVILLE -- A Janesville woman convicted in a drunken-driving tragedy two years ago was sentenced in Rock County Court on Friday to two years in prison plus six months of extended supervision.

Mackenzi S. Adams, 22, pleaded guilty June 21 to homicide by intoxicated driving as part of a plea agreement.

Jessica Border, 26, of Lake Geneva, died in the four-vehicle nighttime crash June 13, 2015, on Interstate 90/39 in Beloit. Border's husband, Justin, and their children, ages 8 and 5, were injured.

As part of the plea agreement, Deputy District Attorney Perry Folts and defense attorney Jack Hoag had recommended a sentence of 10 years probation with one year in jail. The state Department of Corrections presentence report recommended three years prison and five years of extended supervision.

Judge Michael Haakenson decided prison was needed to meet the legally required sentencing objectives, which include punishment, rehabilitation and deterrence.

Witnesses saw Adams driving erratically before her car hit concrete barriers and became disabled, facing south into traffic, according to the criminal complaint. The driver of a minivan and the Border family pulled over.

A semitrailer truck then hit Adams' car and the Borders' car, and the minivan was struck as well.

Jessica Border's husband is suing Adams and the truck driver in civil court, seeking compensation for wrongful death. That case has not concluded.

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