November 9, 2009
SEVEN TIME DUI OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that Defendant Steven St. John was sentenced to 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections today following a conviction for his 7th DUI offense. St. John was found guilty of the Class X DUI after a three day jury trial prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Ryan Blackney and Simeon Kim. On the night of his arrest, the defendant was observed leaving a Crystal Lake tavern and entering his vehicle. While operating his vehicle, he then repeatedly collided with a parked vehicle. Law enforcement subsequently detained him and then and charged him with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The defendant faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with a maximum range of 30 years. Assistant State’s Attorney Ryan Blackney asked the Court to sentence the defendant to a prison term of 12-15 years.