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Illinois man charged with driving on revoked license, 26 for time in jail

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A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to 26th charges of driving with a revoked license was on Monday sentenced to six years in prison.

Steven, Knutson, 62, was also sentenced to spend two years under supervision, required to be released when his prison term ends. He was taken into custody after the hearing.

“It’s a shame that it had to come to this point, and for Mr. Knutson to be made to understand that driving is a privilege, not a right,” Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim said in a news release. “I commend the Around-the Beach by the Police, and their town attorneys, and the attorneys for the Lake County State Attorney’s Office to do what it takes to be Mr. Knutson not to get behind the wheel of a car.”

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Steven, Knutson, 62, was sentenced to six years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to 26th charges of driving with a revoked driver’s license.
(Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Knutson over the course of decades, was arrested and convicted for driving with a revoked driver’s license. A spokesman for the county state attorney’s office, told The Associated Press that she didn’t know if he’s ever spent time in jail for his previous convictions.

“If it’s not a record, it’s out there,” said Dave Druker, spokesman for Secretary of state Jesse White. “This is a decision that we would like to show to the court because it sends a message that getting behind the wheel of a car without a license is a very, very serious.”

Knutson was recently arrested on the 11th of March, when the Round Lake Beach police officer spotted his Chevy pickup hit a parked car. Knutson had been stopped and issued a citation for driving with a revoked driver’s license. At the time that he was driving on a license that was revoked for life for a 2010 conviction for aggravated drink driving and other driving offences.

As a follow-up study of the Round Lake Beach village lawyer, revealed in a string of incidents for the same offences, between 1982 and 2004. Sixteen of his arrests happened in Cook County, four in Winnebago County, and three each in Kane and Lake counties.

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Out of the 26 violations, 24 resulted in convictions. In addition to the prison time, Knutson was ordered to pay $362.60 in the return to the owner of the truck, which he damaged in March.

It may be that he has been sentenced to three to seven years in prison had he been convicted for driving on a revoked license on a trial basis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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