Stolen car, aggravated DUI nets man total sentence of 38 years - – Rockford’s News Leader

Stolen car, aggravated DUI nets man total sentence of 38 years

Cornelius Williams Cornelius Williams

Two separate traffic stops in Rockford over two years add up to serious jail time for a local man.

The first of the two stops in question occurred on September 18, 2009. Cornelius Williams was pulled over by a member of the Rockford Police Department. During that stop it was discovered that Williams had a revoked driver's license due to DUI and had been previously convicted of driving after revocation at least 14 times.

Williams was pulled over again on September 8, 2011 after an officer ran a random registration check on the vehicle he was driving. The car, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, came up as stolen from Kishwaukee Auto Corral. Williams displayed signs of intoxication including slurred speech, swaying, and bloodshot eyes. Williams admitted to drinking vodka and a blood alcohol test revealed a result of .08. Another check showed his driving privileges were revoked.

Williams was sentenced on October 4 to 10 years for unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, 10 years for aggravated driving after revocation, and 10 years for aggravated DUI. Those sentences will all be served concurrently. He was also sentenced to an additional, consecutive, term of 8 years in jail for aggravated driving after revocation for the 2011 incident.

He must serve three years of mandatory supervised release for the charges of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated driving after revocation.

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