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Trial into battery against child continues

Earlier this month, Brittany Wells, the mother of a 14-month-old boy named Kyson who was allegedly the victim of her 26-year-old boyfriend Aaron Tosh’s battery, told a McLean County jury that Tosh caused her son to suffer from a skull fracture and a broken arm. Kyson was recovering from a fall at the time the alleged abuse took place, but Wells noted that his injuries had worsened.

Wells admitted that her older child sometimes teased the younger siblings, which included the child in the hospital, but she testified that there had been no altercations among the children the day that Kyson was taken to the hospital.

McLean County Sheriff’s detective Tim Tyler testified to the court that he interviewed Tosh, and that the accused denied all allegations of harming the child.

Should Tosh be convicted on battery charges, he could be imprisoned for anywhere from 6 to 30 years.

Assault and battery charges can have particularly devastating consequences on a person who is convicted. As such, if you are facing charges of assault and / or battery, you cannot afford to leave your defense to chance. Find out what the experienced legal team at the Bruno Law Offices can do for you by calling (217) 328-6000 today.


Illinois woman pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

Twenty-four-year-old Philo, Illinois resident Katheryn Daly plead guilty to a single count of reckless vehicular homicide on Monday, March 31. The charge is related to an October 6th, 2013 accident that killed her 19-year-old cousin, Annie.

Instead of giving Daly a sentence predetermined by state attorney Julia Rietz and attorney Mark Lipton, Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus will decide the conditions of Daly’s sentence on May 16th.

Lipton, Daly’s attorney, said that he plans to ask the judge for a probationary sentence since she is a mother with a full-time nursing job. States attorney, Rietz, on the other hand, said a boot camp sentence is not objectionable should the judge decide to send Daly to prison.

Attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices in Champaign-Urbana have experience defending defending people that have been charged with DUI and other serious offenses. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to speak with an attorney about your legal options.


Probable cause found to continue Illinois Casey murder trial

Probable cause was found on Wednesday, March 19 to continue the trial of 19-year-old Thomas Messina. Messina was charged for the murder of 54-year-old Casey resident, Gregory Scott Collins.

Messina plead not guilty to the murder charges and asked for a jury trial. The pre-trial hearing is scheduled for April 23. June 10 will mark the first day of the actual trial.

During the preliminary hearing, Illinois State Police special agent Timothy Brown told the court that Messina admitted to having stabbed Collins on Jan. 15, 2014 while in police custody. Brown also mentioned that blood found at the crime scene was positively identified as Messina’s.

Serious criminal charges could be detrimental to your personal and professional life. If you have been charged with a crime in Champaign, the attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices might be able to represent your case. Call our offices at (217) 328-6000 to discuss your situation with one of our skilled attorneys.

 


Humboldt man pleads not guilty to homicide

The second of two suspects in a fatal heroine overdose case plead not guilty on Monday, February 24.

Caleb Thomas, 29, of Humboldt denied responsibility for the December 25, 2013 death of Jeremy Reeley. Reeley’s death was caused by a heroine overdose. Both Thomas and Damien Brooks were charged with drug-induced homicide.

Police accounts of the case showed that Thomas and Brooks went to Champaign on December 24 and bought heroin. The two went to use the drugs they purchased with other people in Brooks’ house, which lead to Reeley’s overdose.

Criminal charges have the potential to ruin personal and professional opportunities. If you face serious criminal charges in Champaign, the attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices have the knowledge to defend your case. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling (217) 328-6000.


Urbana jury finds defendant not guilty for gun charges

Thursday, February 6, a Champaign County jury acquitted 28-year-old Andre Winters of two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Winters was accused of shooting at 43-year-old Ernest Moseley on Oct. 12, 2013 in east Urbana.

Plaintiff Ernest Mosley, 43, claimed that Winters tried to shoot him after a brief altercation.

The attorneys at the Bruno Law Firm use our skill and experience to represent Champaign people who have been charged with criminal offenses. If you have been charged with serious offenses, hiring competent legal representation is crucial to protecting your rights. Call (217) 328-6000 to speak with a member of our legal team.


Beanie Babies founder could be jailed for tax evasion

Sixty-nine-year-old Beanie Babies creator H. Ty Warner pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges on Tuesday, January 14 in a Chicago, Illinois federal court room for evading $25 million in taxes on income that he kept in Swiss national bank accounts.

Warner is facing up to five years of imprisonment. He joins the list of high-profile targets the federal government is concentrating on in its bid to find Americans who try to hide income from the Internal Revenue Service, mostly by hiding their assets abroad, particularly in Switzerland.

Warner was reported to have a hidden offshore account in Switzerland that he started in 1996 with the financial services firm UBS, earning $3.1 million in gross income in 2002 through the account, which he failed to report to the IRS.

Speak with our lawyers from the Bruno Law Offices if you are facing criminal charges in the Champaign areas about your options for defending yourself and your rights by calling (217) 328-6000. We have the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare strong and effective defenses.


Man who sexually attacked University of Illinois student sentenced to 60 years in jail

Judge Richard Klaus sentenced 33-year-old Urbana, Illinois resident Gregory Hayes, Jr. to the maximum term of 60 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault when he followed a University of Illinois student and sexually attacked her. The lengthy sentence was due in part to a previous conviction in 1996 for the same offense.

Hayes will have to serve at least 51 years of his jail term.

Klaus said he based his sentence on the fact that he found the victim “credible and dignified,” the two male witnesses “credible, selfless, and heroic,” and Hayes “wholly non-credible.”

A Champaign County jury convicted Hayes in October for following an 18-year-old woman at around 3 a.m. on April 7, 2013 at Springfield and Busey Avenues in Urbana to Allen Hall. Hayes was seen on video footage grabbing her from behind, knocking her to the ground, and putting a hand inside her skirt, sexually assaulting her. He was stopped by two men who heard the woman’s screams.

At the Bruno Law Offices, our lawyers help anyone in the Champaign area who is facing a criminal charge to protect their rights and freedoms. Find out more about how we can help you build a strong defense if you have been charged with an offense by calling our offices at (217) 328-6000 today.


Aron Ralston in jail for suspicion of domestic violence

Thirty-eight-year-old Aron Ralston, the man whose inspiring story of cutting his right forearm off to save his life after being caught by a boulder in a Utah canyon, prompting the movie 127 Hours, has been incarcerated in the Denver County jail since the night of Saturday, December 7 on suspicion of domestic violence. A Denver Police Department spokeswoman told Reuters she was not at liberty to divulge important information about the case.

However, according to court records, Ralston is facing two criminal charges: assault and “wrongs to minors.” As people charged with domestic violence are not allowed to pay bail to leave prison before a court appearance, Ralston must remain in jail until he sees a judge.

Our lawyers at the Bruno Law Offices provide skilled criminal defense to people in Champaign who have been charged with criminal offense. Whether you are facing domestic violence charges or another offense, call us at (217) 328-6000 today to discuss how we can help build you a strong defense.


Mahomet man guilty of child porn and sexual exploitation sentenced to jail

A sexual predator who took pictures of nude or partially clothed young women in secret for several years was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment in a federal jail on Monday, November 25. Fifty-nine-year-old Mahomet resident Michael Denight admitted his guilt to possessing child pornography and in sexually exploiting a minor last May.

Denight’s case was presided ove by Judge Michael McCuskey in a U.S. District Court in Urbana. The prosecuting attorney was Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly Peirson.

Denight was first caught committing these crimes in February 2012 when he placed a video monitoring device in a coffee shop’s restroom on East Daniel Street in Champaign Urbana Street in Illinois. Denight confessed to Champaign police when he was arrested that he also tried to make recordings of women’s private activities in two campus restaurants’ restrooms.

Police were able to find photographs of nude and semi-nude young girls between the ages of 12 and 15 saved on his computer.

If you are facing criminal charges in Champaign, let the skilled and professional attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices help you prepare a strong defense. Call us today at 217-328-6000 to discuss our past experience and how we can fight for your rights and freedom.


Boston crime boss sentenced to life imprisonment

On Thursday, November 14, notorious Boston crime boss, James “Whitey” Bulger, was sentenced to life in prison. Judge Denise J. Casper of Federal District Court handed him two consecutive life sentences plus a five-year jail term.

Last August, Bulger, 84, was convicted of an array of crimes including 31 counts of racketeering, 11 murders, extortion, trafficking cocaine and marijuana, money laundering, and illegal weapon possession.

Judge Casper told Bulger that the “scope, callousness, and depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable.”

Bulger was ordered to pay $19.5 million in restitution to his victim’s estates and make a separate payment of $25.2 million to the government. It is not confirmed that Bulger possesses the financial capability to pay the entirety of these fines.

Facing numerous felony charges can be especially unnerving since the legal penalties are particularly stringent. If you are in need of a capable defense attorney in the Champaign Urbana area, contact the Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000 to learn more of your legal options.

 

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