A Morris man accused of killing another man with a vehicle in Mazon has an extensive criminal history. Grundy County Coroner John Callahan said John Cravens Jr., 63, of Mazon, who lives at 755 East Grand Ridge Road, was at his mailbox in front of his house when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle on May 23rd.
Cravens was killed on impact and pronounced dead at the scene by Callahan at 3:00 p.m. The eastbound vehicle came to a rest in the south ditch. Grundy County Sheriff Ken Briley said the driver of the vehicle that struck Cravens was Jeremy Applebee, 41, of Morris, who was taken to Morris Hospital and later booked into the Grundy County Jail for Aggravated DUI.
Grundy County court records show that Applebee was placed on 18 months of court supervision for a DUI out of Grundy County in 2004. He also received two years of conditional discharge for another DUI conviction out of Grundy County in 2017.
Besides having two prior DUI’s, Applebee has three prior domestic battery convictions in Grundy County dating back to 1998. The first two convictions were misdemeanors as he was fined in each case and in the 2015 felony domestic battery case, Applebee was placed on 30 months of conditional discharge and served three days in the Grundy County Jail.
In the 2015 case, two class three felony gun charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.