MADD Honoring Assistant State’s Attorney David Metnick

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:


Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Assistant State’s Attorney David Metnick has been nominated and selected as part of an elite group of individuals to receive MADD’s 2014 Heroes Award based upon his accomplishments in helping to eliminate drunk driving.

Metnick has successfully prosecuted numerous DUI cases throughout his career with the State’s Attorney’s office. The Heroes Award is in part due to Metnick’s successesin several high profile felony DUI cases over this past year.

Scott Hirschey, 50, of Crystal Lake was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for Aggravated DUI charges stemming from his 2012 arrest.

William Depner, 62, formerly of McHenry, is awaiting sentencing for his February 2013 Aggravated DUI. Depner faces between five and ten years in prison. Hirschey and Depner both had previous convictions for DUIs causingfatal traffic crashes.

In addition, Metnick successfully prosecuted DUI charges against Joshua Hachmeister, 34, of Wonder Lake resulting in a sentence of 5 1/2 years in prison following a jury trial in May of this year.

Most recently, Metnick sent Jason Bowling, 33, of Harvard to the Illinois Department of Corrections for 26 months. Bowling was operating a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol while his nine year old son was a passenger.

The 2014 MADD Heroes Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Hilton Garden in Springfield, Illinois.


MADD Honoring Assistant State’s Attorney David Metnick — 5 Comments

  1. Why are public servants getting special awards for doing their jobs?

    was there any special valor displayed in prosecuting Depner?

    If anything, it shows the poor performance of Bianchi’s predecessor in not locking up Depner for a longer sentence on his earlier drunken highway slayings.

    I have a great idea for Depner ………. send him to Iraq.

  2. I wouldn’t call the Hirschey case a win for the County or its citizens.

    2 years in jail after his 2nd DUI in less than 5 years where there was a death involved in the first one?

    I think that is mad, not MADD.

    The wife of Hirschey’s victim needs to go away, by vouching for this man’s character she should be held accountable if he gets behind the wheel again in the future and hurts someone.

    She should have silently rooted for this man and his recovery, not vouch for him in court.

    Shame on the Judge for this short sentence and shame on MADD for not getting MADDer about the leniency.

    They used to be more vocal group.

  3. Hi Jose,

    When exactly was Mr. Hirschey’s first DUI?

    Also, how many people were in court at the sentencing or had sent letters, or were ready and able to testify on that day to the progress of his recovery?

    You seem to imply you know what was presented to the judge.

    I’ll hang up now and listen for your answers. Thanks.

  4. There is a women on trial tomorrow for her 4th DUI. 1 in lake co in 08, 3 in McHenry county in 2015 2017 aggravated and one in 2018.

    No jail time.

    Supervision and fines.

    Jury trial tomorrow for the 2018.

    I dont see anything tough about our state laws here.

    Picked up in July of 2018 for skipping court, had to be hospitalized to detox before going to jail and had a .446 BAC.

    There is no accountability and no taking responsibility for there actions.

    Antonson-Stevenson is the name.

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