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States Attorney Aud Explains Dropped Charges and Furlough Arrest of “Boone” Stephens

Danny Stephens was recently sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections with one sentence occurring last week and with Stephens appearing in court today and receiving a consecutive sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections on his new offense. As I was out of the office last week due to the birth of my daughter, I did not do a press release regarding last week’s case. Nevertheless, here is the information regarding all of his cases.
On Monday, August 5th, Danny Stephens was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Burglary, class 2 felony
7 years DOC
2 years MSR
Stephens was ordered to pay costs and restitution. The burglary occurred at the former coal mine site. White County Sheriff’s Department was the investigating agency. When Stephens was arrested, he was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia. As part of his sentence, Stephens was also given a one week furlough by the Court to settle affairs and/or spend time with family after considering all relevant factors. However, the Court agreed to that request for a furlough with the condition that he be placed on electronic home detention with an ankle monitor being monitored by the White County Sheriff’s Department. As is common, various counts related to the burglaries and/or methamphetamine were dismissed as part of the plea agreement as Illinois law requires that sentences entered at the same time be ordered to be served concurrently unless they are offenses or under circumstances that require mandatory consecutive sentences, as well as the fact that the one act-one crime rule requires criminal acts based on the same action to merge with only one sentence being entered; there were zero offenses or circumstances that required a mandatory consecutive sentence with Stephens’ case that was concluded on August 5, 2019 and multiple offense are subject to the one act-one crime rule.
While on his furlough, Stephens was involved in an altercation on August 8, 2019 in which he struck an individual with a physical disability. Stephens was taken into custody at that time and charged with the class 3 felony offense of Aggravated Battery. This morning, Stephens was advised and received a consecutive 5 year sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections for the class 3 felony offense of Aggravated Battery. This sentence was ordered to be served consecutively as he was considered on bail when the offense occurred, which is a circumstance that requires a mandatory consecutive offense under Illinois criminal law. This case was investigated by the Crossville Police Department and White County Sheriff’s Department.
In essence, Stephens has been sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his two cases.