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Due to a reporter error, a Jan. 31 plea agreement was published in the Feb. 1 edition without a statement issued by the woman’s defense lawyer.
Rachel S. Mann, 32, of 353 Fifth St., La Salle pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and one count of disorderly conduct. She was sentenced to 30 months’ probation plus a mental health evaluation and period drug tests and time served. It was Mann’s first felony conviction.
A statement by La Salle defense attorney Louis Bertrand was issued in a timely fashion but did not accompany the news article. The statement appears below in its entirety:
“The resolution of this case, without my client spending any additional time in either the county jail or Illinois Department of Corrections, is one that Rachel simply could not pass up on. I believe that the state took into account the fact that there was no evidence that she was personally profiting from the sale of the synthetic cannabis and that she had no other significant criminal record. Though this was a case that we may have been able to defend successfully, there is always risk when cases go to trial. This plea agreement guarantees that my client does not spend any more time incarcerated, and that was my main objective in representing her: we were successful in bringing that about with this plea agreement.”
Illinois State Police District 17, La Salle reported an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrol that was conducted in La Salle County on Jan. 11 resulted in five drug- or alcohol-related arrests or citations, one arrest for driving under the influence, nine tickets and 22 warnings for speeding and 26 other warnings.
n Also, ISP announced the results of Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) conducted during the late-evening hours of Jan. 18 in La Salle and Bureau counties by officers from District 17, La Salle.
Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. NITE patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by removing alcohol-impaired drivers. However, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken.
The patrols resulted in one arrest for driving under the influence, three citations for seat belt or safety seat violations, three tickets for license or registration offenses and seven alcohol or drug arrests. Troopers also gave 35 warnings.
The project was funded through Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
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