Man who served time in girl's 1999 DUI death gets 8 years in new DUI cases

A man who served time in prison in a 1999 drunken-driving crash that killed a 10-year-old girl in Lockport was sentenced to 8 years in prison today in drunken-driving arrests from 2010 and 2011, prosecutors said.

Glen Ray Higginbotham Jr. was sentenced to 4 years in prison in each of the recent incidents, according to a news release from the Will County state's attorney's office.

Higginbotham, 34, had previously been sentenced to 7 years in prison in  the May 4, 1999, death of Candace Graham. Higginbotham's driving privileges were revoked in 2000, the year a jury found him guilty of causing Candace's death in May 1999.

Candace, a fifth-grader at Kelvin Grove School, was a passenger in a car driven by her mother when Higginbotham slammed into the passenger side at the intersection of 12th and State streets in Lockport just before midnight on May 4, 1999.

Higginbotham was found guilty in November of aggravated DUI in connection with a Christmas Day 2011 hit-and-run crash near Joliet. He previously had pleaded guilty in a December 2010 arrest in which he was found sleeping drunk in his car in Joliet, prosecutors said.

At the time of the 1999 crash, Higginbotham was serving suspended sentences on convictions for theft, possessing a stolen motor vehicle, and aggravated battery.

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