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Strader found guilty of felonies

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:40 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Princeton man has been found guilty of two counts of the Class 4 felony of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

Billy J. Strader, 44, appeared in Bureau County Court on March 14 and March 18 for a bench trial before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. Strader was found guilty at the conclusion of the bench trial on both counts of aggravated DUI. Hollerich ordered the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for 1:30 p.m. May 19.

Strader was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender James Andreoni. Prosecuting the case was State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

On April 4, 2013, a single-vehicle crash occurred on the Princeton/Tiskilwa Road. Upon investigation by the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department, it was determined that Strader was the driver of the vehicle, and that he was under the influence of alcohol at that time. Occupants of the vehicle, including Strader, suffered great bodily harm. On May 13, 2013, Strader was indicted for two counts of aggravated DUI for two of the victims.

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