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A Collinsville man was high on cannabis when he crossed the centerline in 2018 killing a Highland woman, a Madison County jury found Tuesday.
Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office in a news release said 41-year-old Wayne A. Stayton was found guilty of two counts of aggravated DUI causing death in the Feb. 23, 2018 death of Charlene Johnson, 45, of Highland.
Stayton faces 3-14 years in prison when sentenced at a later date. Following the jury’s verdict after about five hours of deliberations, Associate Circuit Judge Ronald Slemer ordered that Stayton’s bail be revoked and that he be held in the Madison County Jail pending sentencing.
“We thank the jury for their public service and diligent analysis of the scientific and medical evidence,” Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine said.
Sayton attempted a mental health defense at trial, which the jury rejected. Stayton had two previous arrests for DUI, in 2000 and 2002, according to the release.
“This was a complicated case,” Haine said. “The thorough work of investigators allowed the prosecution team to show the jury what caused this tragedy – the defendant’s choice to become impaired and get behind the wheel.
“His decisions and actions resulted in the loss of an innocent motorist who was loved tremendously by her family, her co-workers and her community.”