Man sentenced to 20 years in fatal DUI crash

August 4, 2014
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Online Staff Report

A Rockford man will spend the next two decades behind bars for a fatal drunk-driving crash, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Monday, Aug. 4.

Kenny Delaine Harris, 32, was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Judge Patrick Heaslip. Harris was found guilty of DUI, aggravated driving under the influence involving death, aggravated driving Under the influence, reckless driving, driving on a revoked license and no insurance after a jury trial in June, Bruscato said.

March 17, 2013 Rockford Police officers observed a vehicle swerving back and forth between the southbound lanes on Seventh Street. Officers followed but lost sight of the vehicle. While patrolling the area later, police discovered that the vehicle had crashed and was upside down in the creek between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The driver, Kenny Harris, was staggering away from the scene. One of his passengers, Brandon Moore, was killed.

A blood test revealed that Harris had a blood-alcohol concentration of .14, almost twice the legal limit of .08.

Aggravated driving under the influence involving death is a Class 2 felony. Because of Harris’ prior record, this charge had a special enhanced sentencing range of between six and 30 years in the prison.

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