Four-time DUI offender receives sentence to IDOC

By Ryne Turke on November 5, 2015 at 7:18am

A Jacksonville man with four DUIs on his record has been sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

That sentence was handed down Wednesday in Morgan County Court to 29-year-old Michael Clayton of the 2100 block of Magnolia Drive.

Back in September, WLDS-WEAI News released a special report on the handling of drunk driving cases by the Morgan County State’s Attorney’s Office.

During the finishing touches of that report, Clayton, who was one of the individuals featured in the article, was arrested by Morgan County Deputies for aggravated DUI, driving while have a revoked license and illegal transportation of liquor.

These offense occurred with Clayton already on bond for DUI and driving while having a revoked license.

Morgan County State’s Attorney Bobby Bonjean commented on the handling of Clayton’s sentencing.

“I had been in negotiations, and his attorney brought his name up for consideration for drug court, but I felt with his history he wasn’t appropriate for that. I was somewhat insistent on the Department of Corrections,” says Bonjean.

“Obviously, he’s got an alcohol problem, and while we’d like to get that addressed, at least we’re secure in the fact that he won’t be a threat to the community while he’s in the Department of Corrections.”

Clayton was also ordered to serve two years of Mandatory Supervised Release and fined $130.