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Eugene Stacey sentenced to prison

Published: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 5:30 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Princeton man has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the Class 4 felony of driving while license suspended/subsequent offense.

Eugene R. Stacey, 55, entered his open plea of guilty on Oct. 11, 2012, before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei and was sentenced on Jan. 7 to serve one year in prison. Stacey was also ordered to pay total fines, fees and costs of $286 by Nov. 13. He was credited with 21 days served in the Bureau County Jail.

Stacey was represented in court by Public Defender Michael Henneberry. Prosecuting the case was First Assistant State’s Attorney Anthony Sciuto.

On March 1, 2012, the Princeton Police Department stopped Stacey’s vehicle in Princeton upon identifying him as having a revoked driver’s license. The offense was enhanced to the felony level based upon prior revoked convictions.

Stacey has prior felony convictions in both Cook and Bureau counties. He pleaded guilty in 1986 to state benefits fraud, in 1995 to possession of a controlled substance, in 2003 to perjury and in 2006 to aggravated battery. He also has two misdemeanor driving under the influence convictions and eight misdemeanor driving while license revoked convictions.

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