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Crime & Courts

Marengo man gets 3 years based on prior DUIs

WOODSTOCK – A Marengo man with prior DUIs was given prison time for his latest driving under the influence arrest, which came after he backed out of his driveway.


Michael T. Langel, 52, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison in a plea agreement accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.


According to the criminal complaint, Langel had a blood-alcohol content of 0.175. He backed out of his driveway June 23, 2012, to park his vehicle on the side of the road, prosecutors said.


Langel's defense attorney, Phil Prossnitz, said that had the case gone to trial, jurors would not consider possible jail sentences, only that Langel was intoxicated, behind the whee and on a public roadway – of all three of which he was guilty.


It was Langel's fifth DUI arrest. Prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge, and the judge gave him the minimum sentence associated with a Class 2 felony.


An additional aggravated DUI charge and driving on a revoked license were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.


Prather also found that Langel's conviction was the result of abuse or addiction to alcohol.

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