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Patrick KenneallyWelcome to the website for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.  It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the hardworking people of McHenry County as their State’s Attorney.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney's Office is a public trust, it belongs to and is paid for by you, the People.  My job is to ensure that it is working on your behalf. Further, it is my job to uphold your confidence in our Office and the justice system.  To do this, our daily goal is to be the most effective, ethical, and efficient state’s attorney’s office in the State.

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Ben Smart Sentenced to Six Years for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence

Post Date:05/20/2019 12:57 PM


May 20, 2019



Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Ben Smart, 51, of Chicago, Illinois, was found guilty of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a Class 2 felony, following a negotiated plea before the Honorable Sharon Prather. 

On April 15, 2018, a McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Smart.  The defendant was arrested following a DUI investigation.  Smart has two prior convictions for Driving Under the Influence in 2011 and 2016, both in Cook County. 

Defendant will serve six (6) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, pursuant to the plea.  Defendant was recently sentenced to six (6) years in Cook County for felony Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  The sentences will run concurrent.

This case was investigated by members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department.  This case was prosecuted by Robert Ladd of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.



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