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Judge orders probation for man's 5th DUI charge

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge ordered probation after a Crystal Lake man’s fifth DUI charge.

Ronald Horst Abt, 54, was charged in 2011 with aggravated driving under the influence. In February, he entered a blind guilty plea, meaning there was no agreement with prosecutors on his sentence.

Aggravated driving under the influence is a Class 2 felony, punishable by between three and seven years in prison. Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally was seeking six years. Judge Gordon Graham gave Abt three years’ probation.

He also was sentenced to 180 days in the McHenry County Jail, half of which are stayed pending compliance with his probation.

The 2011 charges stem from a crash in which Abt and a passenger ended up in the hospital after the vehicle flew 70 feet in the air, Kenneally said.

Abt’s history of driving under the influence charges date to 1991, Kenneally said, with the latest in 2008.

Court records indicate Abt has been consistently attending alcohol counseling.

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