Drunken Driver Who Keeps Drunken Driving Heading Back To Prison

A Rockdale man who did prison time for his part in a drunken wreck that claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl in 1999 is headed back to the penitentiary.

Three years after finishing up a seven-year bit in prison for killing a girl in a drunken crash, Glen Ray Higginbotham was getting arrested again for drunken driving.

A year later, while he was out on bond for that December 2010 DUI case, a drunken Higginbotham once more was arrested when he crashed into an oncoming car on New Lenox Road in unincorporated Joliet Township.

"If there was ever a case where an individual was knocking on the prison doors to get in, it would be this defendant," Assistant State's Attorney Tom Slazyk said of Higginbotham during a Monday morning sentencing hearing.

But Higginbotham's attorney, Alonzo Zahour, said that wasn't the case at all.

The 34-year-old Higginbotham was actually sorry for his crimes and in no real rush to go back to prison, Zahour said. But that's where Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak sent him anyway, packing Higginbotham off on an eight-year sentence for his last two drunken driving arrests.

Judge Bertani-Tomczak said during Higginbotham's sentencing hearing that she does not "think probation is appropriate" in light of Higginbotham's repeated drunken driving arrests.

Higginbotham's first was in May 1999. He was tearing through Lockport when he rammed into a vehicle on State Street near 12th Street. The collision killed 10-year-old passenger Candace Graham.

Candace Graham was sitting in the backseat and was not wearing a seat belt. Her 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. Higginbotham went to prison for seven years.

Higginbotham caught his December 2010 case after he was found drunk and passed out in his car on Nicholson Street in Joliet. He followed that up with a boozy Christmas Day crash the following year.

Higginbotham's attorney stressed that his client was both sorry and respectful.

"He has shown remorse. He has shown attention to an alcohol problem by attending a program in the county jail," Zahour said. "This is not a man who's flagrantly thumbing his nose at the law."

Higginbotham's father, Glen Higginbotham Sr., testified during the brief hearing that he has been diagnosed with cancer three times and that his wife, Higginbotham's mother, is also sick. The elder Higginbotham said that if his son was spared prison time he could help care for his mother.

Higginbotham Sr. also said he would let his son live in his Yorkville home. Jail records list Higginbotham's home as a residence in Yorkville but Zahour said Higginbotham was living in Rockdale at the time of his last arrest.

Zahour also said Higginbotham had a job waiting for him if he didn't have to go to prison, and that his client has three children, including a daughter born while he was in the county jail who is now in the custody of the state's Department of Children and Family Services.

Higginbotham also testified, telling the judge he was sorry and was trying to improve himself. He has a lot of improving to do, according to a statement released by State's Attorney James Glasgow.

“Glen Higginbotham is a menace to society whose abject failure to learn even the smallest lesson after causing a crash that killed a little girl has landed him back in prison where he belongs,” Glasgow said. “Higginbotham is completely lacking in decency and remorse. Our streets and our community are safer with him behind bars."

Slazyk also sad he found it "shocking" that Higginbotham continued to drink and drive after the crash that killed Candace Graham.

"Most individuals would never drink again," Slazyk said, "or at least never have another beer and drive."

Dee Albarado January 07, 2013 at 10:53 PM
What's the difference between him and Linsey Lohan...money keeps her out of prison.
dale evans January 07, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Wait- in his first DUI accident, the mom was just as drunk and had an unrestrained kid in the car- she got probation while he got 7 years. I think he should take-upa new hobby.
Brian Hannigan January 07, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Lindsay Lohan never killed someone. While I agree that money can avert justice, there is a distinct difference here.
NEECIE January 08, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Send him packing! Keep our streets safe from this unstable firecracker!
Cheez January 08, 2013 at 02:41 PM
The only good thing about this story is that he is headed back to prison....
John Roberts January 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Not going to help...it didn't help after he went to prison for killing a person,a child at that...prison is not the answer to everything....how is he giving back to people hurt by DUI drivers? How is he helping the community in which he put in danger?...he is not....and when he gets out..unemployed,prison record,been around murders,rapists,child molesters...I don't think he is going to have any more respect for law than before he went to prison...To me his ass would be doing something for DUI victims on a daily basis...to see the tragedy you caused and have to deal with it is one thing..but to sit in a prison cell only causes them to sit and resent being caught and the prison system it's self....his ass would be giving back to the community daily..
Infamous Steve January 08, 2013 at 04:45 PM
As I said before, I knew this guy through a friend. This guy is not remorseful at all. I watch this guy leave bars all drunk to go get coke. His only agenda was what he was going to use to get fucked up and how long would he be able to use it. This dude is scum...he treated his lady like shit in front of everyone. Not once in the time that I knew him was he even sober, let alone thinking about what he has done. By the way he should have a third D.U.I. charge pending but, when he was caught sleeping at the McDonald's in Shorewwod drunk. He managed to pull the key out of the ignition before the cops got to the car...He was let go that night, Was told to drive himself home. Jail is the best place for him. I am just a little surprised to see only 8 years for a lifetime drunk driver. I thought D.U.I. charges were supposed to be getting tougher? This would of been a great guy to make a example of.
Cheez January 08, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Here is an idea, instead of "watching" a convicted drunk driver (that killed an innocent child) leave a bar DRUNK to go get COKE, Do something about it!!!!! Call the police, his sympathetic father, a friend, somebody?!?!?!? iT Doesn't make you a rat, it makes you responsible.. Bad mouthing the situation and the man sure doesn't do a damn bit of difference now.... I wonder how many patrons / friends watched him get into his vehicle DRUNK the night he killed a child.
chris January 08, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I despise drunk drivers Im sorry but if you drink and drive and end up taking the life of someone I believe the first time you should be incarcerated for the rest of your natural life. Are laws are a joke 7 years for a life of a 10yr this man has kids that were living with an alcoholic that puts everyone in danger when he repeatedly gets behind the wheel he deserves nothing less then to spend the rest of his life in prison. There is no doubt he will be living off the system anyway atleast there he can't drink a d drive.
Kristine Neumann January 08, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I predict that when he gets out of prison (probably early for good behavior) he'll be back doing the same thing. I just hope I'm not on the road the same time he is.
awgeez! January 12, 2013 at 02:24 PM
What the hell is wrong with the system! Shit. Lets give him a friggin party...some flowers and a medal before we pat his ass and send him back on the streets to kill another. "Congratulations Mr. HIGGIN MC BOTHAM...! You are the winner of yet...ANOTHER CHANCE TO REAK HAVOC ON OUR STREETS. morans...
bill b January 12, 2013 at 04:44 PM
bill b January 12, 2013 at 04:45 PM
stupid comment^ #ignorant worry bout your self
John Roberts January 12, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Remember the girl he killed the mom was also drinking..she would of got natural life after losing her kid...just because she was drunk driving and a life was lost..mandatory sentences are no good..individual cases keeps us all safe..mandatory sentences have proven to be inhumane..because situations are different...ammo driving her kid home and gets rear ended while drinking is a different situation than this guy being totally drunk and continuing to do so...both were drinking and both would of paid the same price but she would of also lost he daughter...
Joy-let Resident. March 05, 2013 at 01:08 PM
@Brian H...Ray Lewis...made bail, therefore he was able to get the plan ready. He testifies against two buddies whose families prolly never worry about money again...and he gets obstructing justice..money can and will keep you out of prison. And cure aids
Joy-let Resident. March 05, 2013 at 01:10 PM
shocking shorewood would do that, they usually seem to drop the hammer.
Aaron March 05, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Alcohol abuse is an addiction, one that a fairly large amount of people struggle with. They need to focus better on rehabilitating him in prison. Some people are perfect candidates for why you should never drink again.


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