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Roberts re-sentenced to prison for probation violation

PRINCETON — A LaSalle man has been re-sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after admitting to violating the terms of his probation.

Rodney T. Roberts Jr., 21, appeared in Bureau County Court on April 29 before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei.

Roberts was re-sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on two counts of the Class 2 felony of aggravated battery, with each count to be served concurrently. He was given credit for time served in the Bureau County Jail from June 16, 2011, to Aug. 1, 2011, and from March 16, to April 28. Roberts was also ordered to pay fines, fees and costs of $462 and a $200 DNA analysis fee.

On April 20, 2012, a petition to revoke felony probation was filed alleging Roberts was in non-compliance of his probation by not reporting his conduct, whereabouts and employment to the probation department, by not attending mental health counseling as recommended by the probation department, and by not paying fines, fees and court costs of $462.

During the pendency of Roberts’ petition, the LaSalle man was charged with the Class 4 felony of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, for which he entered a guilty plea on April 29 and was sentenced to one year in the Illinois Department of Corrections, consecutive to the aggravated battery sentence. He was given credit for time served in the county jail from March 16, to April 28.

On Dec. 10, 2012, Roberts committed the Class 4 felony of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer when he failed to stop his vehicle after being given a visual and audible signal by the Spring Valley Chief of Police who witnessed Roberts commit a traffic violation. Roberts fled the scene and was later arrested on March 16, on an arrest warrant.

Roberts was convicted of misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession in 2012 in LaSalle County and of misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer in 2011 in Bureau County.

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