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Former La Salle County deputy pleads guilty to Will County charge

Lowell "Max" Ambler
Lowell "Max" Ambler

A former LaSalle County deputy accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl nearly two years ago and then leading officers on a four-day, multicounty manhunt, pleaded guilty last week to an aggravated robbery charge in Will County.

Using a handgun, Lowell “Max” Ambler, 48, carjacked a vehicle in Plainfield, according to police.

The vehicle was found in the 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, which carries a sentence of six to 30 years; aggravated robbery and robbery of a victim who is older than 60 or disabled, each of which carries four to 15 years; and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, which carries three to seven years.

Ambler will be sentenced Aug. 6 on the aggravated robbery charge. Will County prosecutors dropped the three other charges as part of the guilty plea.

Ambler, who is in Lee County Jail on a $1 million bond, was indicted Oct. 20, 2017, in Lee County Court on two counts of home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, two counts of kidnapping, criminal trespass to a residence and unlawful restraint.

The first three counts carry six to 30 years in prison; kidnapping carries two to seven years, and the rest carry one to three years.

Ambler’s final pretrial hearing is July 25 in Lee County.

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