Posted on February 22nd, 2013
An Urbana local set to testify in a Champaign County aggravated battery trial was shot Monday, February 4, inside his apartment.
The 29-year-old victim, Curtis L. Mosley, was resting in his apartment at 1101 E. Colorado Ave at about 8:30 p.m. when an unidentified man broke into his apartment and fired a round of shots at him. He died after being rushed to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Mosley was scheduled to testify Tuesday against 23-year-old Urbana resident Ardis Fenn, who allegedly shot Mosley in the leg on June 12 outside the Above & Beyond Detailing shop, in an attempt to rob the place where Mosley worked. Mosley was treated for the wound he sustained and released from the hospital the same night.
The suspect, an African-American wearing a Carhartt jacket and a mask that covered the lower part of his face, was still at large as of February 6.
Being charged with theft or any other crime can be frightening and overwhelming. Fortunately, with the help of a skilled defense attorney from the Bruno Law Offices, you can be sure that you are receiving the best defense possible. Call 217-328-6000 to discuss your case and possible defenses.
Posted on February 1st, 2013
20-year-old Sydni Kay Blackwell succumbed to a lone gunshot wound after allegedly being shot accidentally by her boyfriend at a Super 8 Motel along W. Marketview Drive Friday morning.
Officers of the Champaign Police Department said that Antonio Brown, 20, was improperly using his gun when it went off and hit his girlfriend Sydni Kay Blackwell. Blackwell was taken to Carle Hospital where she later succumbed to her wound at 12:45 p.m.
Brown is currently being held at the Champaign County Jail and has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.
Posted on May 22nd, 2012
A 22-year-old homeless Champaign man was sentenced to 30 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
The man was sentenced on Monday by a judge in central Illinois. Police accused the homeless man of molesting two young girls under the age of 13. The young man was on probation for another sexual molestation case when he was arrested on the new charges.
The maximum sentence the man could have gotten for his most recent crime was 60 years in prison. The prosecutor in his case asked the judge to distribute a high sentence. The judge determined that the man will spend the next 30 years in jail because of the crime he committed.
Child molestation is a serious charge that comes with serious consequences. If you have been charged with this act, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Please contact the criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.
Posted on May 14th, 2012
The Champaign police department made an arrest today after a motor vehicle’s GPS system led them to an illegal drug distribution operation.
A 31-year-old Champaign man is currently in jail on a $1 million bond in relation to charges stemming from the drug distribution sting. Police located the individual after following the GPS that was installed in his vehicle. The drugs that were seized during the arrest are said to be worth approximately $400,000.
The man has been charged with unlawful possession of illegal narcotics, unlawful possession of a firearm, and the intent to deliver illegal drugs. Champaign police allege that the man was distributing drugs at two different homes in the Champaign area. His next appearance in court has been scheduled for May 30.
If you have been accused of possessing marijuana in the state of Illinois, please contact the criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.
Posted on May 4th, 2012
A 31-year-old man has entered a guilty plea to a Champaign County Judge in regards to a sexual assault charge that was filed against him.
The man admitted that in 2007 he had engaged in a sexual act with a female who was younger than 13. The young girl, who is now a teenager, revealed that the sexual abuse carried on for a span of four years. She informed her mother about the man, and she alerted local police.
When the police questioned the man, he revealed that he had indeed assaulted the girl. By pleading guilty to the single count of criminal sexual assault, the other charges against him were dropped. His sentencing is scheduled for June 18, and the maximum amount of time that he could spend behind bars is 40 years.
If you have been accused of a crime, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.
Posted on April 25th, 2012
The Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices have learned that the 14th annual Roger Ebert film festival has begun in Champaign.
The film festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre. The festival will run until Sunday, and during that time there will be 13 different films screened at the theatre. This festival is considered to be international, and there are expected guests from other countries such as Australia and Africa.
The first movie on the schedule will be “Joe Versus the Volcano.” Roger Ebert is also expected to commentate on the final show of the festival, “Citizen Kane.” Ebert grew up in Urbana, and attended college at the University of Illinois.
If you are interested in learning more about the festival, visit the official website today.
Posted on April 19th, 2012
Early this morning a woman was shot in the shoulder at a north Urbana apartment complex.
The 30-year-old woman was walking to the laundry room in her apartment complex around 2 a.m. when she noticed two men standing in the doorway, lingering. She returned a short while later for her laundry, and the men were still there, this time with ski masks on, and one of them had a gun.
They yelled something at the woman, and then a shot was fired. The woman was retreating to her apartment when she was struck in the shoulder with a bullet. She called 9-1-1, but the police were unable to track down the men who allegedly were responsible for the attack.
If you have been accused of committing a crime, please contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.
Posted on April 11th, 2012
A man whose profession was centered on fighting other men will now be fighting child abuse charges that were filed against him at the end of 2011.
The ex-boxer, Hector “Macho” Camacho, turned himself in to Florida authorities after he learned of a warrant that was circulating asking for his arrest. The charges, in relation to the warrant, deal with a fight that Camacho had with one of his sons. No specific details were given about the fight, but a neighbor had called the police after she heard an argument in the front yard of the home.
One of Hector’s sons apparently reported that his father abused him in the fight. Camacho vehemently denies these charges, and that is why he chose to go to the authorities. He wants to clear up this matter, and claims that his relationship with his children has always been a good one.
Please contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 if you or someone you know has been charged with a crime.
Posted on February 22nd, 2012
Ezequiel Garcia, a California Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, shot his superior, Kevin Kozak, six times during an argument at the Long Beach, CA immigration office.
Kozak and Garcia were supposedly in a heated discussion in a counseling session about Garcia’s performance when he opened fire with a service weapon and shot Kozak six times. Another agent near the scene shot and killed Garcia to prevent further shots at Kozak. Kozak was transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.
The F.B.I. is still investigating the incident, and special agent in charge for I.C.E. in Los Angeles, Claude Arnold, stated, “We are doing everything humanly possible to understand why it happened and ensure it will not happen again.”
Posted on February 17th, 2012
Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Thomas A Bruno & Associates are deeply saddened to announce the funeral of Whitney Houston.
Whitney Houston, 48, died on Saturday afternoon in her hotel suite of the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles shortly before she was supposed to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party hosted by her mentor, Clive Davis.
There will be a private funeral service held this Saturday at 12pm in Newark, New Jersey at New Hope Baptist Church. The service will be televised and also streamed live on the internet. A long list of celebrity guests will be in attendance, and Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, will sing.
For more information, visit CNN.com