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home : news : local   May 27, 2016

5/3/2013 3:06:00 AM
Oops: Wrong sentencing range


Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter



OTTAWA — Darryl Stuggis was about to plead his case for a minimal prison term Thursday when he got surprising news: He’d been given the wrong sentencing range.

That’s a good news/bad news development for Stuggis, who pleaded guilty to a pair of 2012 drug charges.

On the plus side, he has the option of withdrawing his guilty plea and a week to make up his mind. On the down side, he could face more prison time than he first thought.

Stuggis, 33, had pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and cocaine seized during an April 2012 raid conducted by La Salle police and the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team. He admitted bartering drugs and faced 4-15 years, though prosecutors agreed to recommend no more than 10.

Or so he thought.

Thursday, Stuggis stood for sentencing and was about to deliver his statement in allocution when assistant La Salle County state’s attorney Jeremiah Adams spotted a problem. In looking at Stuggis’ updated criminal history, Adams noticed an additional felony conviction not previously disclosed to prosecutors.

The revised rap sheet meant Stuggis was now eligible for Class X sentencing carrying 6-30 years without probation.

Judge Cynthia M. Raccuglia halted the sentencing hearing and gave Stuggis a week to decide whether to vacate his plea on the grounds he wasn’t properly advised of his sentencing range.

Stuggis will return to court on May 9 to announce whether he’ll proceed with his plea and face up to 10 years, or whether to vacate and risk up to 30 years.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.












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