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Crystal Lake man receives prison sentence for pushing police officer

Steven A. Richter, 60, of Crystal Lake
Steven A. Richter, 60, of Crystal Lake

A 60-year-old Crystal Lake man convicted of pushing an officer who was arresting his wife in 2017 has been sentenced to prison.

In light of precautions surrounding COVID-19, Steven A. Richter will serve his three-year sentence at the McHenry County Jail, rather than the Illinois Department of Corrections, court records show. Richter, who recently was diagnosed with a cancerous mass in his throat, must serve 50% of the sentence.

The charge stemmed from Richter’s Dec. 1, 2017, interaction with a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy who was investigating a noise complaint. According to criminal complaints filed at the time, Richter “played music in his vehicle so loudly and in such an unreasonable manner” that it “alarmed and disturbed” others.

Richter’s wife, Natalie Richter, was accused of hitting the officer’s hand, causing the officer to drop her flashlight. Steven Richter then pushed the sheriff’s deputy in the back as she tried to arrest Natalie Richter, according to a complaint.

Natalie Richter, who pleaded guilty last year to disorderly conduct, was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge and 30 hours of public service.

Steven Richter, of the 6100 block of Sands Road, entered a blind guilty plea in June 2019 to a felony charge of aggravated battery to a peace officer. Over the next year, the case was continued while Richter recovered from a hip replacement, and again when he failed to appear in court after entering his guilty plea.

Cook County sheriff’s deputies arrested Richter on a warrant June 16 and McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced him Friday.

The husband and wife were additionally charged with resisting a peace officer and disorderly conduct. Prosecutors dismissed the remaining charges against Richter when he entered his June 28, 2019, plea.

Richter also pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge of driving under the influence in connection with a separate 2018 case. McHenry County Prosecutors charged Richter with aggravated driving under the influence after the man’s alleged sixth DUI arrest. The Class X felony, typically punishable by six to 30 years in prison, was amended to a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge, to which Richter pleaded guilty. In exchange, he received credit for 16 days served at the McHenry County Jail and was ordered to pay $1,405 in court costs.

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