A former Illinois Toll Highway Authority records specialist avoided a trial on charges of official misconduct Tuesday, accepting a plea deal moments before jurors were to be selected.
Hilen Chammas, 39, of the 4300 block of Florence Avenue in Downers Grove, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one misdemeanor count of attempted official misconduct in exchange for prosecutors dropping the more serious felony charge of official misconduct.
Chammas initially was charged in May 2011 with two counts of official misconduct when prosecutors alleged she illegally accessed the statewide Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) to look up information on a 36-year-old man. The system provides access to information on stolen property, warrants, officer safety and missing or runaway persons. Access is limited to law enforcement officials.
Prosecutors say she was collecting the information as a favor to a friend and later shared the information she collected.
The official misconduct charges were both Class 3 felonies, carrying a prison sentence of two to five years if she was convicted. As a result of the deal, she pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and was sentenced to 45 days of jail work release to begin on May 27, one year of year probation and $360 in court costs.