A Peru man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for an alcohol-related crash that killed his passenger.
Daniel L. Stalker, 45, of Peru, pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony carrying an extended sentencing range of 3-14 years for his role in the March 26 crash that killed his passenger, 57-year-old Shirley M. Stadler, of Peru.
The conviction is subject to the state Truth in Sentencing Act requiring certain felons to serve at least 85% of their prison terms, meaning he’ll serve 8½ years in prison less the three months he spent awaiting trial in La Salle County Jail.
During the presentation of the plea, Assistant La Salle County State’s Attorney Matt Kidder noted Stalker’s blood-alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit and the vehicle exceeded more than 100 mph.
Stalker declined an opportunity to address Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr.
Stalker had already been facing charges of simple DUI plus assorted traffic offenses in the single-vehicle rollover crash reported March 26 on North 33rd Road, just west of Interstate 39 near La Salle.
But Stadler died April 12 from injuries sustained in the crash and Stalker was charged with the felony 11 days later.