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Harder enters guilty pleas

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 10:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 2:51 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Kewanee man has been sentenced to two concurrent prison sentences after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 4 felony of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and the Class 4 felony of driving while license revoked (DWLR)/subsequent offense.

John J. Harder, 46, entered his guilty pleas on April 23 before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. In addition to serving two years concurrently in the Illinois Department of Corrections, Harder was ordered to pay fines, fees and costs totaling $1,607 by Jan. 16, 2015. He received credit for time served in custody from Jan. 26 to April 22.

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

On Jan. 26, the Princeton Police Department investigated a car stuck in a ditch. Harder was found in the driver’s seat with the vehicle running and showing obvious signs of alcohol intoxication. His driver’s license was revoked for a prior DUI conviction in 2006.

Harder was convicted of DUI in 1991 in Rock Island County and has 12 prior DWLR convictions. The prior DUI and DWLRs were Class A misdemeanors except for a DWLR in 2006 in Henry County, which was charged as a Class 4 felony.

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