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Brothers get probation for attack on University of Illinois student

Two Danville, Illinois brothers – 23-year-old Jeremiah Carter and 20-year-old Daniel Carter – who admitted they were involved in an attack against a University of Illinois student on Feb. 22, 2015 at around 3:45 a.m. in the 500 block of East Armory Street in Urbana, have been sentenced to 30 months of probation and have been banned from entering campus. The sentence was handed down on Tuesday, November 11 by Judge Harry Clem.

The brothers, who were also UI students, did not have prior criminal convictions and pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated battery.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Larson, who asked the court for two-year prison terms for each of the defendants, the Carters were part of a group that tried to assault several people that same morning.

Twenty-three-year-old Danville resident and co-defendant Carl Lately said he and the brothers had been drinking at The High Dive in Champaign prior to the attack. UI police Detective Eric Stiverson said Lately told him that Daniel Carter said at the time: “I feel like knocking somebody out tonight.”

If you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer in the Champaign-Urbana area of Illinois, the attorneys of the Bruno Law Offices can offer excellent legal representation as they fight to defend your rights throughout your case. Call (217) 328-6000 to speak to a member of our legal team about your situation today.


Urbana felony witness shot before being able to testify in the trial

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 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.


Morgan Stanley executive charged with hate crime in cab driver stabbing

Morgan Stanley executive William Bryan Jennings is being charged with a hate crime for the assault and battery of a cab driver in New York City. In December, Jennings was driven by a cab driver of Middle Eastern descent to Connecticut. During the drive, the cab driver told police that the bank’s co-head of its North American fixed-income capital markets directed racial slurs at him, before stabbing him with a pen knife.

According to the driver’s account of the drive to police, Jennings refused to pay him the $200 cab fare from New York City to his home in Connecticut. Jennings, 45, has been charged with second-degree assault, intimidation, and theft of services. The executive’s first court date is scheduled for March 9.

If you or someone you know has been charged with assault or battery, contact the Champaign assault and battery defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.


Officer shot by another agent in the California immigration and customs office

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.”


Comedy this weekend

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices are excited to announce a variety of comedy shows happening this weekend in Illinois…

Greg Behrendt, the writer of the book “He’s Just Not That Into You,” will be doing standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg Friday through Sunday. 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. Tickets are $22. For more information, visit improv.com

The controversial, but oh-so-funny comedienne, Kathy Griffin, will be doing her standup comedy show this weekend at the Chicago Theatre. Come hear the Emmy award winning woman rant on the latest celebrity gossip. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thechicagotheatre.com


Man sentenced to five years in prison for arson

Tristain Jackson, 19, of Urbana, was sentenced to five years in prison for setting fire to an apartment building in Urbana.

According to Champaign County prosecutor, Nick Selvaggio, there was no excuse for the crime, and Jackson had a long criminal history including hard drug use.  Selvaggio states, “What’s problematic for Mr. Jackson is his conduct seems senseless…there doesn’t seem to be any real reason why he did it.”  On Sept 5, Jackson set fire to a trash can in the laundry room of Stoney Ridge apartment complex on Mosgrove Street.

If you have been charged with arson, it is important to have experienced representation.  Contact Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000.


Holiday light display covers a Rossville home

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices are thrilled to announce a fantastic holiday light display for the whole family to see.

Gary and Debbie Kinnett of Rossville create a spectacular holiday light display outside their home each Christmas season. The family strings 33,000 lights over anything and everything on their property. Gary purchases new lights every year to replace burnt ones, and counts every light and offers a cash prize to family members who guess the correct number.

A new element of their light display this year is Santa Claus, who sits at the end of their property to hand out candy canes. For more information, visit the Commercial News website.


Illinois law professor slashed in Champaign train station

Joshua Scaggs, 23, of Fithian, was arrested and charged on Wednesday for attempted murder and aggravated battery charges after he cut the throat of Dhammika Dharmapala, a University of Illinois law professor.

The incident occurred at a Champaign train station, and according to a witness, Dharmapala was standing in a waiting area when Scaggs jumped from a seat and shouted about this being his country and attacked. Dharmapala was rushed to a local hospital with a cut about 6 inches long on his throat.

Scaggs is in jail on $500,000 bond. No report has been made on Dharmapala’s condition.

If you have been charged with attempted murder, contact Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Marine Corps vet charged with aggravated assault

Joshua Fourman, 28, of Champaign was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after his wife called 911 when he threatened to shoot her and himself with a .40 caliber pistol. Police responded immediately, and Fourman responded peacefully. He was taken to VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville. Fourman served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is veteran of the Marine Corps. He is being charged with aggravated assault and has a warrant out for his arrest after he failed to appear in court this past Thursday for the above stated incident.

If you or a loved one has been charged with aggravated assault, contact the Champaign assault and battery defense lawyers at Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 today.


20-year old charged in attack of UI student

Last month, a 20-year old Mahomet man was charged with aggravated battery in the attack of a University of Illinois student.

Witnesses to the attack told police that the student’s head was beat into concrete pavement on the University of Illinois campus.  The victim was treated and released from Carle Foundation Hospital.

Police reports indicate that witnesses saw the 19-year old victim running from the 20-year old suspect on South Oak Street.  The suspect then bashed the victim’s head into the ground.  The suspect was seen fleeing the crime west towards Neil Street.

The suspect was found shortly after the attack and witnesses identified him as the man who attacked the student.  He was held in county jail on a $150,000 bond.

Contact the Champaign assault and battery defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 today, if you or someone you know has been accused of assault or battery and is seeking experienced legal defense.

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