Lowell "Max" Ambler

A former La Salle County deputy is headed to prison for several years.

Forty-eight-year-old Lowell “Max” Ambler of Mendota was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery in Will County.  He was arrested in that county after police say he carjacked an elderly man in Plainfield while on the run in the fall of 2017.  As part of pleading guilty, other felony counts of robbery with a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle were dropped. 

Meanwhile Ambler was given a decade in prison after pleading guilty to a kidnapping charge in Lee County.  The sentences will be served one after the other.  He’s also getting credited with more than 600 days spent in jail.

Ambler went on the run in October 2017 after allegedly violating an order of protection.  Ambler eventually surrendered to police in Earlville after a standoff. 

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