Jacobson's probation period ends without action from prosecution

HEBRON – John Jacobson’s drug-related probation period ended quietly – as local prosecutors opted not to pursue added sentencing for a pending drunken driving case across the Wisconsin border.

The hearing for Jacobson's one-year conditional discharge for crack cocaine possession came and went Thursday without the Hebron Village president in attendance.

A year ago, Jacobson pleaded from the felony charges to a misdemeanor in exchange for a guilty plea and a year of conditional discharge, under which Jacobson couldn’t violate the law.

He was determined to have fulfilled the terms of his probation Thursday despite the pending case in Walworth, Wisconsin. Jacobson was pulled over at 2:40 a.m., Oct. 27, in the town just across the state border from Hebron. A blood sample taken about 50 minutes after the arrest showed a blood-alcohol content of .18 percent, according to the Walworth Police Department.

Michael Combs, McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney and chief of the criminal division, said his office was content to let Walworth handle the driving under the influence case. He said his office would have to prove that Jacobson violated the law in order to extend his McHenry County sentence.

“He was sentenced on a misdemeanor, so it’s not as if he could have been resentenced to any type of imprisonment,” Combs said.

Jacobson’s conditional discharge stipulated that he didn’t have to appear in court if he complied with the terms of the deal.

“Other than the Wisconsin DUI, he completed all the terms of his conditional discharge,” Combs said. “So that’s not uncommon for that appearance to be waived.”

Jacobson’s date in Walworth municipal court, which has been pushed back several times, is currently scheduled for July 23.

The Hebron man was found not guilty of a 2011 driving under the influence incident in Hebron.

In early 2013, during a campaign to be Hebron’s next village president, he was pulled over with what police said was about 3 grams of crack cocaine in his car. While the charges awaited a court date, Jacobson won election with 61 percent of the village’s vote.

A conviction on the felony charges would have meant Jacobson’s removal from office, under Illinois Municipal Code.

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