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Illinois man sentenced to 8 years for fatal DUI crash

According to court documents, a 35-year-old Crest Hill man was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to a fatal DUI collision. The man was sentenced on March 23. He pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI resulting in death and had faced up to 14 years in prison.

The accident reportedly happened in May 2014 while the man was driving at around 5 a.m. in Romeoville. He collided with a vehicle being driven by a 41-year-old Romeoville man, who died of his injuries from the accident. The man appeared in court in Will County for his plea and subsequent sentencing.

His attorney stated that the defendant has been remorseful about what happened since the beginning. The deceased man's wife, who was also in the vehicle when the collision happened, stated she has forgiven the 35-year-old man for causing the accident. With credit for the time he has already served along with good time, the man is expected to be released after spending less than five years in prison.

When a drunk driving charge is an aggravated offense, people may face a potentially long prison sentence if they are convicted. With the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, they may be able to secure a plea agreement with the prosecutor that would involve entering a plea of guilty to a lesser offense in exchange for a reduced penalty. Legal counsel can in some cases present mitigating evidence to the court in order to try to get a lower sentence or a dismissal.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Man gets 8 years in DUI crash that killed Romeoville father," Alicia Fabbre, March 23, 2016.

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