Mikosz sentenced to 15 years

Staff Report

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Tuesday that Dennis Mikosz was sentenced to a total of 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

He will also be on Mandatory Supervised Release for two years once he’s released from prison, as ordered by the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw.

On the evening of Aug. 22, 2013, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies saw a vehicle swerving as it drove out of the parking lot of a Rockford business in the 3500 block of E. State Street.

Deputies pulled the vehicle over near East State and Dawn Avenue and could smell alcohol coming off the driver.
Mikosz sped off from the scene, swerving and driving at a high rate of speed along South Alpine, E. State Street and Mulford Road.

He struck one car and almost struck several others before running a red light at Mulford Road and East State Street.

At Mulford and Garrett Lane, Mikosz ran another red light and slammed into a car driven by Michelle Parker and one other vehicle. Parker died of the injuries she received in the crash.

Blood tests revealed that Mikosz had a blood alcohol content of almost three times the legal limit of .08 at the time of the crash.

Mikosz was found guilty of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Involving Death, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Homicide and five counts of Aggravated Fleeing to Elude after a bench trial.

He was sentenced to 14 years for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death charge and one year for the Aggravated Fleeing to Elude charge.