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Murphysboro, IL man sentenced to 2 years for aggravated DUI


A Murphysboro, Illinois man was sentenced to two years in prison for aggravated DUI.

Daniel Spencer, 34, entered an open plea of guilty on June 8.

On Feb. 23, 2014, Jackson County deputies responded to the intersection of Old Highway 13 and Duck Lane in rural Murphysboro. When they arrived, they found a tan Ford Crown Victoria almost a quarter-mile off of the south side of Old Highway 13. They say the vehicle had driven off of the south bank of the road and hit a tree so hard it uprooted it.

Upon impact, deputies say the car began to roll. Inside of the vehicle were two people with multiple traumatic injuries. They were taken to a Carbondale hospital.

At the hospital, deputies identified the driver of the car as Spencer. They say medical tests revealed that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.314.

Deputies say Spencer had multiple broken bones in his legs and pelvic area. The passenger had broken bones in his chest and pelvic area.

On May 10, 2014, the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office charged Spencer with one count of aggravated Driving Under the Influence, a Class 4 felony.

On June 8, Spencer pleaded open to the charge.

According to Jackson County State's Attorney Michael C. Carr, an open plea of guilty is an open admission of guilt to which a judge assigns a sentence.

On July 27, a Jackson County judge sentenced Spencer to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with one year of mandatory supervised release.

Spencer was released on furlough until Wednesday, July 29 at 4 p.m.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Brewster was responsible for the prosecution of this case.

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