The trial of a Bethalto man who was facing a charge of first-degree murder has ended with a plea deal.  22-year-old Caleb Lenhardt pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated driving under the influence causing death and was sentenced to 10 years in jail. 

Lenhardt was on trial for the July 2018 death of 21-year-old Katie Bunt, who prosecutors allege he ran down with his vehicle in downtown Alton on a parking lot near 4th and Belle Streets, injuring another woman in the process.  Lenhardt pleaded guilty to aggravated battery for injuring Ashley Allgood and was sentenced to 4 years on that charge.  Circuit Judge Kyle Napp announced the plea, saying the jury had become deadlocked in trying to decide between first degree murder and reckless homicide.  After the announcement, Lenhardt was taken into custody and will begin serving the concurrent sentences immediately.

 

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