Danny Stephens was recently sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections with one sentence occurring last week. Stephens appeared in court this week and received a consecutive sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections on his new offense. States Attorney Denton Aud was out of the office last week due to the birth of his daughter and did not do a press release regarding last week’s case. Nevertheless, here is the information regarding all of his cases.
On Monday, August 5, Danny Stephens was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections on the charge of Burglary, a class 2 felony. For that he received 7 years DOC and 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 given a one week furlough by the Court to settle affairs and/or spend time with family after considering all relevant factors. The Court agreed to the furlough request with the condition that he be placed on electronic home detention with an ankle monitor and be monitored by the White County Sheriff’s Department. As is commonly done, various counts related to the burglaries and/or methamphetamine were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Illinois law requires that sentences entered at the same time be ordered to be served concurrently, unless they are offenses that require or are under circumstances that require, mandatory consecutive sentences. Also considered is 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 offenses are subject to the one act-one crime rule.
While on 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 five 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.