UPDATE: Man Sentenced for Drunk Driving Charges

UPDATE: (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe announced today that Raymundo Zamarripa has been sentenced after pleading guilty to Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Involving Death of two individuals, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol causing Great Bodily Harm, Failure to Stop After Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Zamarripa was sentenced today to a total of 27 years with sentences of Agg. DUI Death (15 years) and Agg. DUI Great Bodily Harm(8 years) to be served concurrently and Leaving the Scene of an Accident (2 years) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (2 years) to be served consecutive to AGG. DUI Death in the Illinois Department of Corrections in front of Judge John Lowry.


WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County State’s Attorney announced today that on December 12, 2012 23-year-old Raymundo Zamarripa pled guilty to Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Involving Death of two individuals, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol causing Great Bodily Harm , Failure to Stop After Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in front of the Honorable Judge John Lowry.

On May 29, 2011 at approx. 3:38 a.m. Rockford City Police Officers were dispatched to a traffic crash at Corbin and Loomis Streets in Rockford. Two vehicles were located on the northwest corner of that intersection, a black Chevy Tahoe with heavy front end damage and a blue Chevy Impala with heavy passenger side damage. The driver of the Chevy Tahoe, Raymundo Zamarripa was stopped by police officers leaving the scene of the crash and the police returned him to the scene. The Chevy Impala had three occupants. The driver, Candy Hopper, was transported to the hospital for medical treatment and had a broken wrist which she suffered in the crash. The two passengers in the Impala, Jesus Garcia and Jenny Fritz died as a result of the injuries they received in the crash. Zamarripa had the very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. Zamarippa submitted to a standardized field sobriety test and showed indicators of impairment Zamarripa admitted that he had been driving the Tahoe at the time of the crash and that he had consumed 3 or 4 beers while driving. Testing done at the hospital pursuant to his medical treatment revealed a BAC of .193, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08, as well as the presence of cocaine and THC metabolite in his system. Crash reconstruction revealed that Zamarripa’s minimum speed was in excess of 53 mph at the time of the crash. The speed limit at that location of the crash is 30 mph. In Zamarripa’s pocket Officers located a folded up $20 bill with white residue on it and also a white powdery substance in a plastic bag which field tested positive for the probable presence of cocaine and had a gross weight of .3 grams.

Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Involving Death is a Class 2 Felony that may result in probation only when the judge makes a finding that extraordinary circumstances exist requiring probation. Otherwise, the offense may result in a sentence to the Illinois Department of Correction of 6-28 years of which the offender must serve 85%. Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol causing Great Bodily Harm is a Class 4 Felony with a sentencing range of 1-12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections or probation. Failure to Stop After Leaving The Scene of an Accident Involving Death is Class 4 Felony with a sentencing range of 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections or probation (any prison sentence would be served consecutive with the DUI sentencing) and Possession of a Controlled Substance is a Class 4 Felony with a sentencing range of 1-3 years in the Illinois Department Corrections or probation.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 15, 2013 at 1:30 in courtroom 315 in front of Judge Lowry.


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