A Champaign County judge last Wednesday sentenced 56-year-old DUI offender Douglas Sleight to 20 years in prison, in addition to a $500 fine, according to the Central Illinois News-Gazette. Judge Richard Klaus called the man a "very real danger to the public" despite the fact that he has terminal cancer.
He could have sentenced the Rantoul man to as many as 30 years in prison because this was his sixth DUI conviction.
Douglas Sleight's Chicago DUI lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Lindsey Yanchus asked the judge to "find it in [his] heart" to give him the minimum sentence of six years, given his terminal illness. Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis, pointing to the defendant's stage 4 terminal cancer and recent surgeries, argued for eight to 10 years.