Repeat DUI offender sentenced to prison

SYCAMORE – A 52-year-old Belvidere man who prosecutors said was charged eight times with DUI was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday as part of a plea agreement.

Leo R. McGarry, of the 300 block of West Eighth Street, pleaded guilty to DUI for an incident that happened Sept. 16 near Cherry Valley Road and Five Points Road in Kingston. Because of his prior convictions, he could have been sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison.

McGarry was charged Sept. 23 with driving under the influence with no valid driver’s license or insurance. McGarry has had multiple DUI and DWI offenses throughout the state of Minnesota, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

It is difficult to tell how many convictions McGarry has because all but the most recent DUI charge came from out of state, including in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, said Assistant State’s Attorney Phil Montgomery.

McGarry will receive credit for the 94 days he has served in jail.

Associate Judge John McAdams recommended he seek drug and alcohol treatment while in prison.