Stevens Bond Reduction Denied

Stevens Bond Reduction Denied

MT. VERNON — An Energy man who has been charged in connection to a fatal vehicle crash had his motion to reduce bond denied in Jefferson County Court on Tuesday.

25-year-old Cole Stevens had been charged with two felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence and one misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence after a June 11 crash on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County. Stevens had previously pleaded not guilty, but attorneys for Stevens sought to have his bond reduced from $250,000 to $30,000.

The crash killed 18-year-old Emma Caserotti of Mt. Vernon and seriously injured 18-year-old Tristen Sharp, causing great bodily harm. Stevens is accused of driving under the influence of cocaine.

Court reports indicate that Stevens could face an enhanced sentence if convicted. One felony charge for the death of Caserotti is punishable three to 14 years with a possible sentence of one to 12 years on the other felony DUI. If found guilty, Stevens would be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence.

Stevens remains housed in the Jefferson County Justice Center on the original $250,000 bond with a follow-up hearing set for 9:30 a.m. on August 9.