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Cape man sentenced to 10 years in prison

By Staff | May 3, 2019

Cape Coral resident Donny Crecelius, 61, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison followed by 5 years probation for intentionally driving his car into another car to hurt someone. The first two years of probation he will be on community control with a GPS monitor attached to his ankle as part of his house arrest. He also had his driver’s license revoked for life.

According to a release from the State Attorney’s Office, Crecelius, whose last known address was in Cape Coral, according to the Cape Coral Police Department, pled no contest to the charges of first degree burglary with assault or battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, DUI serious bodily injury, DUI (level of .15 or more) and two counts of DUI damage person/property (.15 level).

Crecelius was adjudicated guilty.

On April 11, 2018, according to a CCPD arrest report, Crecelius followed the victim from her job to her condominium complex in Cape Coral. When the victim parked, Crecelius tried to pull her out of her car but she managed to stay inside. He began calling her names and threatened to kill her, angry that they had ended a relationship, police said.

Crecelius then got back in his car and drove a short distance, turned his car around and drove straight at the victim, hitting her car head on with her still in the driver’s seat. Crecelius was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was more than two times over the legal limit.

Both the victim and the defendant were taken to the hospital for their injuries. The victim survived after suffering serious injuries and is recovering, the State Attorney’s Office reported. Crercelius was arrested and has been incarcerated since the incident.

Assistant State Attorney Michael Colombo Jr. handled the case.