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Viola man gets four years for riding lawn mower

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ALEDO, Ill – The estranged husband of an alleged murder victim will spend time in prison for driving a lawn mower.

On Tuesday, January 24th, William “Pete” White, 43, was sentenced to four years in prison for driving with a revoked license.

On July 18th, 2011, White was arrested for driving a riding mower through Viola.

According to White’s attorney via QCOnline, he has never seen anyone sent to prison for riding a lawn mower.

However, White is a repeat offender.

This is White’s 11th conviction for driving on a revoked license. He has also been convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol six times.

White is allegedly under investigation for the death of his estranged wife, Melissa White, on October 22nd, 2011. Melissa White was found with multiple skull fractures outside her home in Viola.

In 2009, Melissa White had filed an order of protection against William White after she claimed he had threatened to kill her.

Read more about Melissa White’s death here.

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