McHenry County Man with 8 DUI’s Sentenced to 7 Years

Manuel Garcia, 48, of Woodstock was sentenced to seven years in prison after his eighth drunk driving conviction and his fifth conviction for driving on a revoked license. Garcia’s history of drunk driving began in 1983 with incidents in Texas and Illinois. State Attorney Dave Johnston asked for a fifteen year prison sentence, stating that “we have no reason to believe the defendant will stop drinking and driving.” A McHenry County Judge could have sentenced him to between 4 and 15 years in prison for the DUI charge and to between 1 and 3 years in prison for driving on a revoked license. The Judge recommended that he be sent to a state prison that offers an alcohol treatment program.

8th DUI nets man 7 years, www.nwherald.com, July 3, 2010

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