Man gets 14 years for 6th DUI conviction

Man gets 14 years for 6th DUI conviction

URBANA — A Monticello man convicted for the sixth time of driving under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Jeffrey P. Allen, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge John Kennedy to aggravated DUI, admitting that on May 2 he was under the influence when he drove a van into a creek in southwestern Champaign County.

Assistant State's Attorney Andrea Bergstrom said about 2:15 p.m. that day, Allen failed to negotiate a curve in the road at County Road 650 N and 300 E, about 3 miles west of Sadorus, and the van ended up in a rain-swollen creek.

The van he was driving belonged to his passenger, Kelli Cass, 34, of Springfield, who was injured but treated and released from the hospital the same day. She was able to get out of the van and walk to a nearby home for help.

Bergstrom said Allen's blood-alcohol content was 0.19 percent, more than twice the limit needed for a motorist to be presumed intoxicated under Illinois law. He also had traces of cannabis byproducts in his system, she said.

Bergstrom said Allen has three prior convictions for DUI, two for aggravated DUI, and one for leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. Most were from Logan County, she said.

Because of the prior convictions, Allen pleaded guilty to a Class X felony. He could have received as many as 30 years in prison.

In other criminal cases recently resolved in Champaign County:

— Edward D. Hall, 19, of Chicago, was sentenced to four years in prison for burglary and possessing a stolen vehicle in two separate cases.

Judge Tom Difanis agreed to recommend Hall for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

Hall pleaded guilty to burglary for entering a car in the parking lot of Market Place Mall in Champaign on Dec. 9. He also admitted that on Dec. 19, he possessed a car that had been stolen from the parking lot of the Target Store at 2102 N. Prospect Ave., C.

In return for Hall's pleas, two other more serious charges of residential burglary accusing him of break-ins at apartments in the 2000 block of Moreland Boulevard in Champaign in December were dismissed.

— Judge Heidi Ladd recently sentenced Richard L. Kennedy, 23, of Kewanee, to five years in prison for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Kennedy pleaded guilty in May, admitting that he sold two capsules of Ecstasy to an undercover police officer working at the Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U, of Jan. 28.

Ladd agreed to recommend that Kennedy receive substance abuse treatment in prison.

— Derrick V. Smith, 36, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Ivanhoe Way, Urbana, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for obstructing justice. He admitted that he gave a false name and date of birth to Urbana police on Dec. 22 after an officer stopped Smith because he matched the description of a person who earlier fled a traffic stop about two blocks away.

Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis said Smith reportedly lied to avoid being arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support. Kanis said Smith's presentence investigation report revealed he was more than $91,300 in arrears on child support.

Court records show Smith had other convictions for unlawful use of weapons, driving under suspension and revocation, domestic battery, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and obstructing justice.

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billbtri5 wrote on July 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

pretty stiff sentence for obstruction...

rsp wrote on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

He's a repeat offender who lied to avoid arrest due to owing more than $91,300 in child support. Apparently he doesn't think his children should eat and have a roof over their heads. 

Joe American wrote on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

At least those that he knows about.

bb wrote on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Taxpayers will end up paying more than $100,000 for those 2 Ecstacy pills, assuming he gets out in 2 1/2 years.  No wonder the state is bankrupt.



Joe American wrote on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

14 years for 6 DUI's?  The guy got off with a slap on the wrist, but it's better than him still being on the roads.

militantlibertarian wrote on July 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

This is exact reason prison is a joke. People that recieve DUI, nonviolent drug offenses or simply obstructing justice do not belong in prison. it costs the taxpayers way more money to "correct" them than just giving them house arrest and treatment. In case of DUI guy if they put him on house arrest with monitor they can assure he doesnt drive and can give him treatment for his aliment which is alcoholism. The non violent druf offendors can get the same thing. These methods would be cost effective and actually solve the problems instead of just throwing people in prison. Prison should only be for violent offendors and for people that can not be rehabbed. Maybe they should start throwing child molestors in there as well, being most of them get probation. Who would you rather have living by you a non violent pothead or a child molestor?

Reykjavik wrote on July 18, 2012 at 2:07 am

I agree that there are more cost-effective ways of controlling morons like this.  Prison is very expensive and produces ex-cons with few prospects.

Unfortunately, the unions of prison guard lobby for strict laws that force incarceration. It will be interesting to see if the state legislature can agree to more cost-effective ways of dealing with such nonviolent losers.

rsp wrote on July 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm

an explaination of the law in regards to this case.