Parolee returning to prison after DUI plea
URBANA — A Fisher man who had been on parole for fatally shooting his friend in 2008 while he was drunk will return to prison after he pleaded guilty in Champaign County Circuit Court to felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a separate incident.
Randall C. Huffstutler, 41, who listed an address in Fisher, pleaded guilty on Friday to felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
As part of a plea agreement, separate charges of felony harassment and driving under the influence of alcohol during a third incident were dismissed.
Judge John Kennedy sentenced Huffstutler to four years in prison, with credit for 115 days already served. He was also sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and court fees.
According to Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik, an employee at the Circle K, 301 S. Murray Road, Rantoul, called police after seeing Huffstutler stumbling and smelling of alcohol at the convenience store at 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 2012.
Police then saw Huffstutler driving the vehicle as it swerved off the center lane and varied its speed between 25 mph and 40 mph in a 35 mph zone, so they pulled him over.
According to the police report, Huffstutler smelled of alcohol. While he initially denied drinking anything, he later admitted to drinking a couple of beers.
Dornik said that Huffstutler refused to undergo a sobriety test.
Police reported finding a half-empty can of Budweiser sitting on the center console of the vehicle and an empty can of beer between the passenger seat and the door.
Dornik said that Huffstutler had two prior DUI convictions, one from 1990 and another from 1994. He had also been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a 2008 incident.
In December 2009, Huffstutler was sentenced to five years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of his friend, Ronnie Randolph, 35, of Fisher. Randolph was shot in Huffstutler's Fisher home at a time when Huffstutler had been drinking.
In the case that was dismissed, Huffstutler allegedly used his own truck to ram his own Jeep at the home of a woman in the 100 block of Letchworth Drive in Rantoul in October 2012.
State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the woman, who works with Huffstutler, told police that Huffstutler had loaned her his Jeep. He called her more than once and made threats, including that he was going to burn her house down and run his truck through her house.
As she was on the phone with a police dispatcher, he allegedly called again and said he was coming for her.
A Rantoul police officer was at the woman's home when Huffstutler showed up, smelling of alcohol and showing other signs of impairment. He also had open beer in his truck. The officer noted the front bumper of his truck was dented and had purple paint on it and arrested him for DUI.