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Wonder Lake man sentenced to 8 years in prison for 6th DUI

WOODSTOCK – A Wonder Lake man was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to his sixth drunken driving offense.

Robert J. Miller, 59, was convicted of one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class X felony. The case was set for a bench trial before Judge Sharon Prather, but Miller agreed to plead guilty to the felony charge as part of a deal with prosecutors reached just before the trial began. A Class X felony typically is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Miller was charged in August 2015 with aggravated fleeing, driving with a suspended or revoked license, resisting a peace officer and aggravated driving under the influence after deputies from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office saw Miller leaving Horizontals Bar in Wonder Lake. As he was backing out, deputies heard Miller squeal his tires and accelerate at a high rate of speed.

Deputies followed Miller and activated their overhead lights, but he increased his speed, traveling at more than 80 mph.

While fleeing, he blew through a stop sign and was weaving in and out of traffic. He only stopped once he came to a dead end road, prosecutors said.

Miller is required by law to serve 50 percent of the eight-year sentence. In addition to prison time, he also will complete three years of mandatory supervised release.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed all other charges against him.

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