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Crystal Lake man sentenced to 3 years in prison for battering police officer

Steven A. Richter, 60, of Crystal Lake.

A Crystal Lake man has been sentenced to three years in prison for battering a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy who tried to arrest his wife.

Steven A. Richter, 60, of the 6100 block of Sands Road in Crystal Lake, entered a blind plea deal on Friday and pleaded guilty to aggravated battery on a peace officer.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced Richter to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He will also be required to pay $1,175 in court costs and fines.

The man was originally indicted on four charges, including aggravated battery, two counts of resisting a peace officer and disorderly conduct.

The charges stem from an incident on December 1, 2017 when the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Richter’s residence, court documents show.

Deputies were called for a noise complaint and found music playing loudly from a vehicle at Richter’s residence.

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A bill of indictment said that Richter pushed a female deputy in the back while she was trying to arrest Richter’s wife, identified as Natalie N. Richter. The deputy then tried to arrest Steven Richter and he pulled away from the female deputy.

Natalie Richter was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, two counts of resisting a peace officer and disorderly conduct.

Natalie Richter pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for the loud music, and prosecutors dropped the rest of her charges.

She was sentenced in June 2019 to one year of conditional discharge, 30 hours of public service and required to pay $1,560 in court fees.


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