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Mongan attorney agrees to trial extension to give expert time to prepare report

A trial date was set Thursday for Marc Mongan, shown here in court Thursday. The Oregon man is charged in a 2016 fatal boating collision. The trial is set to begin in late April.

OREGON – The trial of an Oregon man charged in a 2016 fatal boating collision now is set to begin in late April.

An attorney for Marc Mongan, 47, Thursday agreed to an extension of a speedy trial demand to allow more time for a defense expert to compile a report.

Judge John Redington rescheduled the trial, originally set to begin Wednesday, for April 23 to May 3.

Mongan is charged with one count of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, which carries 3 to 7 years in prison, three counts of reckless homicide, each of which carries 2 to 5 years, and three counts of reckless conduct, each of which carries 1 to 3 years, in the death of Megan Wells, 31, of Rockford.

Wells died June 24, 2016, when a johnboat Mongan was operating on the Rock River struck her as it went over the back of the pontoon boat in which she was riding, throwing her overboard.

On Jan. 30, Redington granted a motion from David Neal, of the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s office, to continue the case until he gets the defense expert’s report.

Mongan’s attorney, Russell Crull, told Redington on Thursday that his expert wants to see the pontoon boat, which is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, then will need 2 weeks to write the report.

Crull is working with the IDNR’s legal department to set a date that the boat can be examined, he said.

The defense’s standard demand for a speedy trial mandates the trial must begin by March 15, unless the defense agrees to an extension of that deadline, to which Crull agreed.

Redington ordered the extension and said the expert must examine the boat by March 2 and have the report turned into the court by March 15.

Neal asked for time to file motions once he has seen the expert’s report.

Redington set a final pretrial hearing for April 5.

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