Crime & Courts

Richmond man sentenced in 2016 DUI that injured couple

Nathaniel F. Johnson, 23, of the 3800 block of West Mill Road, Richmond.
Nathaniel F. Johnson, 23, of the 3800 block of West Mill Road, Richmond.

A Richmond man remained at the McHenry County Jail on Friday evening after pleading guilty to driving under the influence during a crash that injured a man and woman.

Nathaniel F. Johnson, 23, of the 3800 block of West Mill Road, was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, 28 days in jail and 100 hours of public service in connection with the 2016 hit-and-run.

Johnson accepted a deal from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI – a felony charge typically punishable by as many as three years in prison.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional charges, including failure to report an accident.

The crash happened Oct. 3, 2016, when Johnson and Leonard Steffen each were driving north on Route 31 near Ringwood Road in Ringwood, court documents show.

The crash injured both Steffen and his wife, June Steffen, who have each since died from separate health complications, family said in court Friday.

After the crash, Johnson drove off without reporting the situation to police, charging documents show.

A McHenry County grand jury indicted him on felony charges Aug. 10, 2017, and he was arrested six days later, according to public records.

Two of the victims’ family members read impact statements in court Friday and told Johnson they hope he learned from the situation and understands how much their family has suffered.

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