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Drunk Driver Who Killed Girl in '99 Guilty in Another Drunken Crash

Glen Higginbotham of Yorkville was out of prison for almost three and a half years when he was locked up again on Christmas.

A Yorkville man convicted of killing a 10-year-old girl in a 1999 drunken wreck is heading back to prison for a boozy Christmas Day crash.

Glen Ray Higginbotham, 34, was found guilty Thursday of aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated driving with a revoked license by Will County Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak.

Higginbotham took a seven-year prison sentence in April 2000 for ramming into a vehicle on State Street near 12th Street in Lockport, killing a 10-year-old girl riding in the back seat.

On the night of the May 1999 crash, a county deputy clocked Higginbotham driving faster than 80 mph just moments before the collision. The girl who was killed, Candace Graham, was not wearing a seat belt. Candace's mother, Constance Graham, was making a legal left turn when Higginbotham's speeding car plowed into her vehicle.

Constance Graham admitted to drinking tequila and beer for hours before the crash. Her blood-alcohol content was .197 percent. A blood draw showed Higginbotham's blood-alcohol content was at .2 percent and that he also had cocaine in his system.

Constance Graham was placed on court supervision after pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor drunken driving.

In his latest drunken crash, Higginbotham ran into a Cadillac on New Lenox Road near Oakview Avenue in unincorporated Joliet on Christmas.

The driver of the Cadillac, 21-year-old Danzel Mitchell of Joliet, was injured in the crash. Higginbotham was charged with attempting to flee the scene of the accident. If he was trying to get away, he likely failed to make it very far as at least two of the wheels were coming off his pickup truck.

Higginbotham's attorney, Alonzo Zahour, was given permission to argue for a new trial on Dec. 6.

Patch reader November 16, 2012 at 04:15 PM
This man had no remorse for the lives he has taken and/or ruined. Lock him up in a cage and throw away the key.
lala November 16, 2012 at 06:42 PM
And Constance Graham should be his cell mate. She's out drinking and driving with he kid in the car, without a seat belt. Poor kid has to die for having an irresponsible parent.
Time Is Money November 17, 2012 at 06:46 AM
I agree lala
Flora Dora November 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Glen Ray should never have gotten such alight sentence for killing that child. He should never get out of jail again!
Barbara Wynn November 24, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I lost both of my uncles and my grandmother to alcohol. Driving under the influence is by far the stupidist thing to do. He thought he was above the law. Looking up to someone with a DUI is sad. This spilts up families and communities. I really think that he should stay in jail or wear a device that signals authorities of his drinking/drug use. He won't have an option.

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