Harvard man sentenced to 12 years in prison for aggravated DUI

A Harvard man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison after pleading to two charges of aggravated driving under the influence as part of a negotiated plea, court records show.

Mathew Berry, 44, was charged on May 10, 2019, with driving under the influence of alcohol in Harvard, according to a news release from McHenry County State’s Attorney said in a news release. After he pleaded guilty Feb. 26, he was released on bond pending sentencing.

Then, on April 24, Berry caused a traffic accident in Lake in the Hills, according to the release. No one was injured but officers found Berry nearby and determined he was under the influence of alcohol.

Berry was found guilty of or pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on four prior occasions, making these DUIs his fifth and sixth respectively, according to the release.

Berry was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in both cases, and the sentences must be served consecutively.

The terms will served at 50%, court records show.

In exchange for Berry’s guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed numerous other charges, including additional counts of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and open transportation of alcohol by the driver, court records show.

These cases were investigated by the Harvard and the Lake in the Hills police department, according to the release. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Miller.