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Glen Higginbotham (Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office)

Glen Higginbotham (Credit: Will County Sheriff’s Office)

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JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) – The man responsible for killing a 10-year-old girl in a 1999 drunken-driving crash admitted Monday he drove under the influence again in 2010.

Glen R. Higginbotham, 33, of Braidwood, faces up to 10 years in prison now that he’s pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI, Will County Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak said. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated driving on a revoked license, a felony carrying a potential prison sentence of three years.

The judge set a June 12 sentencing hearing.

Higginbotham got seven years in prison for reckless homicide after the May 1999 crash in downtown Lockport that killed 10-year-old Candace Graham. Police said he was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system at the time.

Officers caught Higginbotham drunk behind the wheel again on Dec. 4, 2010, on Nicholson Street in Joliet. He faced trial Monday, but chose to enter a plea instead. He still faces another set of drunken-driving charges after he was arrested Christmas Day.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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