Crime & Courts

McHenry man sentenced to prison for 7th DUI conviction

Danilo Romero-Morales, 47, of McHenry
Danilo Romero-Morales, 47, of McHenry

A 47-year-old McHenry man was sentenced to prison Friday for his seventh conviction of driving under the influence.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt found Danilo Romero-Morales guilty of aggravated driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license following an Aug. 28. trial by judge.

At a sentencing hearing Friday, Wilbrandt sentenced Romero-Morales to seven years in prison. Romero-Morales is required to complete 50% of the sentence, in accordance with Illinois truth-in-sentencing guidelines.

The charges stem from a July 28, 2018, traffic stop in the area of Chapel Hill Road and Cobblestone Drive.

A McHenry County sheriff's deputy stopped Romeo-Morales' vehicle after spotting it drift in and out of the traffic lane, records show. At trial, Romero-Morales testified that he had several beers and "Jaeger bomb" shots before driving, according to court documents.

In addition to Romero-Morales' six prior DUI convictions, his record also included 14 prior convictions of driving on a suspended or revoked license, records show.

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