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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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William R. Moritz, Jr. Sentenced to Nine Years in the Illinois Deprtment of Corrections for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence

Post Date:08/29/2019 10:18 AM

PRESS RELEASE 

August 29, 2019

WILLIAM R. MORITZ, JR.  SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that 41-year-old William R. Moritz, Jr., formerly of Joliet, Illinois, was sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence following a negotiated plea in front of the Honorable Judge Robert Wilbrandt on August 27, 2019. Under the Truth and Sentencing Guidelines, Moritz will serve 50% of the sentence received.

On February 24, 2018, Sergeant Andrew Thomas of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office observed Moritz operating a motor vehicle near Illinois Route 31 and Kane Avenue in McHenry, Illinois. Sergeant Thomas followed the vehicle and observed it to be swerving and drifting within its lane. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle at a residence on Loyola Drive in McHenry. Sergeant Thomas observed multiple signs of intoxication on Moritz and he failed the field sobriety testing. Following his arrest, an open beer can was located in the vehicle. Pursuant to a search warrant, Moritz provided blood at a hospital following his arrest. Toxicology results showed the ethanol levels in his blood were over twice the legal limit.  Moritz had previously committed six prior violations of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Mary Ann Scholl. The case was investigated by Sergeant Andrew Thomas of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

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