Online Staff Report
A man who drove his car into a crowd of people downtown Rockford in 2011 will spend the next 16 years in prison, Winnebago State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Thursday, May 1.
Mauricio Palacios, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 30, to aggravated battery and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced to a total of 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Judge Rosemary Collins
Palacio was arrested Dec. 21, 2011, after he drove into a crowd of people and crashed into the Rockford Rescue Mission building. The Rescue Mission was having a Christmas toy giveaway when Palacio went there to participate and was denied service. He became angry and a few minutes later he drove into the crowd. Two people were hurt.
Palacio had a blood-alcohol content of .223 at the time of the incident. The Illinois limit is .08.
Aggravated battery is a Class 3 felony, punishable by a sentence of probation or two to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Palacios pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery and was sentenced to 5 years on each count.
Aggravated DUI is a Class 4 felony, punishable by probation or up to six years in prison. Collins sentenced Palacios to six years on that count. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for not having insurance. The sentences are consecutive and Palacios will be on supervised release (parole) for one year after he is released.