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Crime & Courts

Former deputy gets 15-year sentence from Will County charge

Lee County also handed down a 10-year sentence

Lowell "Max" Ambler
Lowell "Max" Ambler

A former La Salle County deputy who led officers on a 4-day, multicounty manhunt was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to an aggravated robbery charge in Will County.

Using a handgun, Lowell "Max" Ambler, 48, carjacked a vehicle in Plainfield, according to police. It was found in woods south of his hometown of Earlville, where he was arrested Oct. 6, 2017, after a standoff.

As a result, Ambler also was indicted Oct. 25, 2017, in Will County on four felonies: armed robbery, aggravated robbery and robbery of a victim who is older than 60 or disabled and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle. Will County prosecutors dropped the three other charges as part of the guilty plea. He will get credit for 649 days served in jail.

Also last month, Ambler was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in Lee County to kidnapping a 14-year-old girl nearly 2 years ago.

He pleaded guilty Thursday to felony kidnapping and secret confinement, and the remaining charges were dismissed. He will get credit for the 662 days he has already spent in jail.

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