Crime

Man convicted of DUI seven years after offense

An Edwardsville man has been convicted of DUI nearly seven years after the offense.

Carl E. Bettorf, 58, of Edwardsville was convicted of a Class X felony charge of driving under the influence of alcohol — his fifth DUI conviction, rendered by a jury on Wednesday.

Bettorf was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Nov. 28, 2009. The trial began Monday, with the jury beginning deliberations on Tuesday afternoon and continuing Wednesday.

“We fought for a very long time to get this case to a jury trial,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. “Despite all the defendant’s efforts to delay and derail this case, with this unanimous decision by the twelve jurors, we have finally secured justice for the citizens of Madison County.”

Bettorf faces six to 30 years in prison. He will be sentenced by Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli following a pre-sentencing investigation, which usually takes four to six weeks.

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