Man Pleads Guilty to New DUI Crash After Killing Woman in Drunk Boating Incident

Ricky L. McGuire, a 68-year-old resident of Wonder Lake, killed a 21-year-old woman in a drunk boating accident back in 2008, and he now potentially faces up to seven years in prison for a new drink-driving incident that took place in McHenry County. In December 2022, McGuire was charged with two accounts of aggravated DUI third offense and one count of improper traffic lane usage.

On May 28, 2022, a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy found McGuire’s car crashed into a fence at a Wonder Lake residence. Upon approaching the vehicle, the deputy noticed the car move backward and then forward, crashing into the fence again. This was observed to happen four more times before the deputies were able to grasp McGuire’s attention. The deputies detected the smell of alcohol coming from McGuire, and he displayed bloodshot, glassy eyes.

Following transport to the hospital, McGuire was revealed to have a blood alcohol level of 0.30, which is almost four times above the legal limit. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony. His sentencing is scheduled for May 22, overseen by McHenry County Judge Mark Gerhardt. McGuire could receive a sentence of up to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Prosecutors noted that McGuire has a history of DUI convictions from 1989, and a conviction for operating a boat under influence in 2008, which resulted in the death of 21-year-old Nicole Jurgens. For this fatal incident, McGuire received a sentence of ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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