PRINCETON — A Princeton man has been sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after being found guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 4 felony of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
Billy J. Strader, 44, received his prison sentence June 4 from Associate Circuit Judge C. J. Hollerich. Strader was sentenced to serve the maximum sentence of 12 years in prison and will be required to serve 85 percent of that sentence. He was also ordered to pay court costs from his bond.
Strader was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender James Andreoni. Prosecuting the case was State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.
On April 4, 2013, the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department investigated a one-car crash on the Tiskilwa-Princeton Road. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be Billy Strader. He and three other occupants in the vehicle received significant injuries. At that time, Strader was charged with misdemeanor driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested on that date.
On March 14, a bench trial began in the matter. On March 18, Strader was found guilty of two counts of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol for causing bodily harm to two occupants of the vehicle. On June 4, one count of aggravated DUI was vacated because they were committed in the same act of driving.