In The Courts: Uber Driver Faces Felony Charges For Alleged DUI

In The Courts: Uber Driver Faces Felony Charges For Alleged DUI

The following is a roundup of Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news releases from Friday, May 19, 2017, through Thursday, June 1, 2017.

UBER DRIVER FACES FELONY CHARGE FOR ALLEGEDLY TRANSPORTING PASSENGER WHILE INTOXICATED

May 30, 2017

An Uber driver from Schaumburg faces a felony drunken-driving charge for allegedly transporting a passenger while intoxicated.

Kane County prosecutors charged 45-year-old George M. Karyszyn, Jr., with aggravated DUI/vehicle for hire with passenger, a Class 4 felony, disorderly conduct/breach of peace, a Class C misdemeanor, and traffic offenses.

George M. Karyszyn, Jr.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon alleges that at about 5 a.m. Sunday, May 28, 2017, Karyszyn, while driving his 2017 Ford Explorer on eastbound Plank Road west of Muirhead Road as a vehicle for hire under Uber, was under the influence of alcohol.

The victim, a passenger in the vehicle, became alarmed and disturbed as a result.

The DUI offense is aggravated because Karyszyn was driving a vehicle for hire.

A Kane County Sheriff’s deputy made the arrest after responding to a call for a well-being check. The location of the offense is in northern Kane County west of Elgin.

Karyszyn appeared in Kane County bond court that day. The judge set Karyszyn’s bail at $10,000 with 10 percent ($1,000) to apply for bond. Karyszyn’s next court appearance is at 9 a.m. June 28, 2017, in front of Associate Judge Linda S. Abrahamson in Courtroom 305 at the Kane County Judicial Center.

Karyszyn posted bond and was released. As a condition of bond, the judge ordered Karyszyn placed on electronic home monitoring and also ordered him not to consume alcohol.

The charges against Karyszyn are not proof of guilt. Karyszyn is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

AURORA MAN GUILTY OF CHOKING GIRLFRIEND IN DOMESTIC ATTACK

June 1, 2017

An Aurora man faces a possible prison sentence for battering and choking his girlfriend in their St. Charles apartment in 2015.

Nicholas L. Janacek

Kane County Associate Judge David P. Kliment on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, convicted 25-year-old Nicholas L. Janacek of aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony, and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

Janacek waived his right to a jury trial.

Kane County prosecutors presented evidence that on July 30, 2015, the victim returned to the St. Charles home she shared with Janacek. Janacek, who was intoxicated, began to argue with the victim. He then threw objects at her and struck her before he threw her onto a couch and choked her.

Kliment set Janacek’s next court appearance for July 5, 2017, in Courtroom 217 at the Kane County Judicial Center. Janacek faces a sentence of probation or between three and seven years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Janacek had been free on bond. Judge Kliment revoked bond and ordered Janacek taken into custody at the Kane County Jail.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Greg Sams and Amy McGowan prosecuted the case.

MANCHESTER, IOWA, MAN FACES FELONY DOMESTIC CHARGES

AUTHORITIES ALLEGE STRANGULATION INCIDENT AT ELGIN RESIDENCE

May 31, 2017

A Manchester, IA, man faces felony domestic charges for allegedly strangling a family member.

Kane County prosecutors have charged 41-year-old Antonio Robertson with aggravated domestic battery by strangulation, a Class 2 felony, aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon alleges in court documents that on May 28, 2017, Robertson knowingly caused bodily harm to the victim in that he intentionally strangled the victim by applying pressure to the victim’s throat and neck, thereby impeding the victim’s normal breathing.

The alleged incident took place at about 8 a.m. May 28, 2017, at a residence in the 600 block of Cooper Avenue, Elgin. A witness called 911.

Robertson appeared May 29, 2017, in Kane County bond court. The judge set Robertson’s bail at $20,000 with 10 percent ($2,000) to apply for bond, and set Robertson’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. June 5, 2017, in front of Associate Judge Linda S. Abrahamson in Courtroom 305 at the Kane County Judicial Center.

Robertson remains in custody at the Kane County jail. If he posts bond, the judge ordered that he have no contact or communication, direct or indirect, with the victim; that he cannot be within 150 feet of the victim’s Manchester, IA, residence or the residence where the alleged incident took place; and that he is not to possess any firearm and shall surrender any firearms in his possession to law enforcement.

The charges against Robertson are not proof of guilt. Robertson is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

FORMER BATAVIA MAN GETS 7 YEARS FOR BATTERING CHILD IN 2011

May 30, 2017

A former Batavia man is headed to prison for severely injuring an infant in 2011.

Nicholas E. Glucksmann

Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti on Friday, May 26, 2017, sentenced 54-year-old Nicholas E. Glucksmann to seven years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Judge Barsanti convicted Glucksmann on July 8, 2015, of aggravated battery, a Class X felony, aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony, and aggravated battery to a child, a Class 3 felony. Glucksmann waived his right to a jury trial.

Kane County prosecutors presented evidence that the evening of April 16, 2011, Glucksmann and his girlfriend brought an infant that lived in their household to the emergency room after the child began to lose consciousness at the Batavia residence in the 300 block of South Batavia Avenue that Glucksmann and the girlfriend shared.

Emergency room doctors determined that the child had suffered head injuries, sent the child to a Chicago hospital, and called police to report suspected child abuse. When interviewed by police, Gluckmann said the child fell off a bed and onto the floor. Doctors said the child’s injuries were inconsistent with Glucksmann’s story, and that a 21⁄2-foot fall would not have caused the brain trauma and bleeding in the eyes that was ruled to be great bodily harm.

The child continues to recover from the injuries and is expected to live a normal life.

In addition to the prison term, Glucksmann must register in accordance with Illinois’ Violence Against Children Registration Act.

According to Illinois law, Glucksmann must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. He receives credit for 71 days served in the Kane County jail.

“Each year in the United States nearly 700,000 children are injured or killed as a result of child abuse, yet every single case of child abuse is preventable. Unfortunately, Mr. Glucksmann has never shown an ounce of remorse and never accepted responsibility for his actions. He belongs in prison,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.

“I’m grateful to the medical community and our prosecution team of Lori Schmidt and Nydia Molina, who stood up for this child and held Mr. Glucksmann accountable for his violent behavior.”

NORTHERN ILLINOIS MAN GUILTY IN ABSENTIA FOR HEROIN SALE

May 25, 2017

A northern Kane County drug dealer who failed to appear for his trial faces a minimum sentence of six years in prison for selling heroin.

A Kane County jury on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, convicted 40-year-old Donevin A. Quick of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony.

The trial proceeded despite Quick’s absence.

Kane County prosecutors presented evidence that a co-defendant had agreed to sell less than one gram of heroin to an undercover officer in exchange for $40. On
April 18, 2014, Quick and the co-defendant met the undercover officer in an Elgin parking lot. Quick gave the officer four baggies of heroin and the officer gave Quick $40 in return.

The co-defendant pleaded guilty in 2014 to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony, and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr., set Quick’s next court appearance for 1 p.m. July 13, 2017, in Courtroom 311 at the Kane County Judicial Center. Quick faces a sentence of between six and 30 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Because of his felony history, which includes a 2004 robbery conviction in Will County, a 2007 drug conviction in LaSalle County, and a 2008 burglary conviction in DeKalb County, Quick must be sentenced to an extended term.

Quick had been free on $15,000 bond. He last appeared in court Feb. 2, 2017. He failed to appear in court May 17 and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information about Quick and his whereabouts should call their local police department.

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Laura Maglio and Kelley Flinn.

FORMER AURORA MAN CONVICTED IN ABSENTIA OF DRUG OFFENSE

May 24, 2017

A former Aurora man couldn’t avoid a drug conviction by fleeing shortly before his trial was set to begin and now faces a mandatory prison term.

A Kane County jury on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, convicted 40-year-old Rumaldo Anzaldua of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class X felony. The trial proceeded despite Anzaldua’s absence.

Kane County prosecutors presented evidence that a co-defendant had agreed to sell four ounces of cocaine to North Central Narcotics Task Force undercover officers in exchange for $3,500. Task force officers met the co-defendant the evening of
Dec. 12, 2012, outside a Spring Street residence in Aurora. When Anzaldua arrived a short time later, he provided the co-defendant with the four ounces of cocaine for the sale. When the co-defendant gave the cocaine to the officers, he and Anzaldua were arrested.

The co-defendant pleaded guilty in 2014 to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Associate Judge Linda Abrahamson set Anzaldua’s next court appearance for 11 a.m. June 6, 2017, for motions and sentencing. Anzaldua faces a sentence of between nine and 40 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Anzaldua last appeared in court May 18, 2017. He failed to appear May 22 for the beginning of his trial and Judge Abrahamson issued a warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information about Anzaldua and his whereabouts should call their local police department.

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Andrew Whitfield and Matthew Rodgers.

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