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Lisle man sentenced to 26 years for death of crash victim

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:54 p.m. CDT

LISLE — Lisle resident Donald Mischke was sentenced to 26 years in prison Friday in connection with the 2010 death of Elisha Clark, killed when Mischke crashed into her car while under the influence of drugs, media sources reported.

Mischke, 56, of Lisle, was sentenced to 26 years for killing Clark, a Grayslake resident, on Dec. 23, 2010, then another seven years for aggravated DUI.

Mischke will serve 100 percent of a total sentence of 26 years.

Mischke was found guilty by the court on Jan. 4.

Mischke was convicted of first-degree murder for running a red light and crashing his car into the vehicle driven by Clark, 25, on Green Bay Road and Belvidere Road.

Clark was a mother who aspired to teach children with developmental disabilities.

During the trial, Lake County Assistant State's Attorneys Reginald Matthews and Mary Stanton proved Mischke was fleeing police after an officer caught him breaking into a Waukegan Target store. The prosecutors said Mischke was fleeing police after he stole a flat-screen television, and that he had been ingesting cocaine the previous day.

Under the law, a person who kills another during the commission of a crime can be found guilty of first-degree murder.

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