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Trooper James Michael Sauter | Illinois State Police, Illinois Illinois State Police, Illinois

Trooper

James Michael Sauter

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 4 years, 9 months

Badge # 6095

Cause: Automobile accident

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Trooper James Sauter was killed when a semi-trailer truck struck his cruiser on I-294, south of Willow Road, shortly after 11:00 p.m.

He was stopped in the left shoulder of the south-bound lanes when the semi rear-ended his cruiser, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On January 22nd, 2016, the tractor trailer driver was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to several felony commercial vehicle violations in connection to the crash.

Trooper Sauter had served with the Illinois State Police for five years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.

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Truck Driver Andrew Bokelman got away with murder for not being charged in the death of Trooper James Sauter. Anyway you slice it, the fault and the blame for that is Illinois States Attorney Anita Alvarez. Two years is not enough. Same in the case with Doug Balder, 3 years is not enough and with Kyle Deatherage, 30 months probation, not enough. Illinois State Troopers lives matter! It's about time somebody starts enforcing laws and justice is served.

Retired Teacher/Juvenile Officer
Father-in-law
March 13, 2016

 

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