Princeton woman sentenced to 14 years in death of Kimberly Hertzog and injury to family

Prison Sentence

A Princeton woman, 29-year-old Valerie Robinson, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for her involvement in a traffic accident last year in Mercer County that claimed the life of another Princeton woman and injured two family members.

Sentencing was yesterday in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court before special judge Steve Hudson.

In July, Ms. Robinson pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree and assault in the second and third degrees. The defendant received seven years for the involuntary manslaughter charge and seven years on the felony assault charge. Terms are to run consecutively. Punishment of one year in the county jail was given for misdemeanor assault. That sentence runs concurrently with the others.

The July 4, 2015, accident claimed the life of Kimberly Hertzog and injured her husband Dewey and son Colton. Ms. Robinson also was injured in the wreck.

Former Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney John Young participated in the sentencing at Trenton as a special prosecutor. In a document presented yesterday to the court, Young stated the charges stem from Valerie Robinson driving while intoxicated with an alcohol content of .15, allowing her vehicle to be on the wrong side of Highway 136 and traveling at speeds exceeding 105 miles an hour.

Young also reported Ms. Robinson has prior convictions involving alcohol and violence. He went on to describe her as having a serious alcohol problem and poses a threat to the community.