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Downers Grove firefighter charged with child pornography

A twenty-five-year-old Downers Grove, Illinois resident and firefighter has been arrested and charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. He was taken into custody on Thursday, February 11 after authorities saw images containing child pornography on his personal computer.

The Du Page County State’s Attorney’s Office stated that the man, who worked as a contract paramedic/firefighter, including a stint with the Naperville Fire Department, was held on a $300,000 bond.

An investigation that was started in late 2015 by members of the Du Page County Sheriff’s Sexual Predator Electronic Exploitation Division (SPEED) as part of its bid to crack down the dissemination and possession of child pornography revealed that a computer belonging to the individual in question contained pornographic images of children.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices in the Champaign-Urbana areas of  Illinois, understand that each case we undertake is unique, and we strive to offer experienced and insightful advice and representation to all of our clients facing criminal charges. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to learn more.

Illinois teacher charged with sexual abuse asks for bail reduction

Twenty-nine-year-old Mokena, Illinois resident and former Herscher High School Social Studies teacher and coach David Murphy appeared in Kendall County Court on Thursday, January 7 to ask for reduction of his $250,000 bond. Murphy has been charged with nine felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting six students – four girls and two boys – at a motel room in Yorkville in December 2015.

Frank Lipuma of Chicago, Murphy’s legal counsel, said Murphy and his girlfriend are expecting a baby and that the $25,000 bail Murphy’s family had already posted on Saturday, January 2, has been causing serious financial problems. Lipuma also told Judge McCann that Murphy has no history of criminal misconduct, and that the defendant has received eleven medals for his service in the military.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices in Urbana, Champaign, and central Illinois, are committed to providing excellent legal service to our clients who have been charged with crimes in Illinois. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to discuss your situation and learn how we may be able to help protect your interests.

Judge overturns jury’s $3.5M verdict in Chicago police shooting case

Associate Judge Elizabeth Budzinski recently reversed the Cook County jury’s decision to award $3.5 million in damages to the estate of 19-year-old Niko Husband, who was allegedly gunned down by members of the Chicago Police Department in Illinois for no reason in July 2011 near 80th Street and Ashland Avenue.

Priscilla Price, Husband’s mother, has already asked her lawyers to appeal to Budzinski to reinstate the Nov. 6, 2015 verdict in favor of Husband and not the city. Judge Budzinski based her decision to reverse the jury’s ruling on their answer to a written question in which they indicated that they believed Officer Proano fear for his life before shooting Husband.

Police said Husband had a weapon on him and tried to resist arrest, necessitating their use of violence on him. Marco Proano, the veteran police officer who was identified as the one who shot three rounds into Husband’s chest at close range, was not only cleared by the city’s police oversight agency, but was also awarded a commendation for valor.

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Chicago police officer assigned $1.5M bond in Laquan McDonald case

Thirty-seven-year-old Chicago, Illinois police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged on Tuesday, November 24 with first degree murder in relation to the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014, was assigned a bond of $1.5 million on Monday, November 30.

Local authorities released dash cam video footage showing McDonald walking along a Chicago street on the southwest side of the city and Van Dyke repeatedly shooting him. McDonald was reportedly carrying a small knife with him at the time of the shooting, and blood tests taken during the autopsy have revealed traces of PCP in his system, suggestions he was high at the time.

Dan Herbert, Van Dyke’s legal counsel, said the set bond is being taken as a good sign, considering that the judge ordered Van Dyke held without bail just last week. The newest development comes after Herbert argued that his client is not a flight risk.

If you are facing criminal charges in Champaign, contact the legal team at the Bruno Law Offices by calling (217) 328-6000 today. Our criminal defense attorneys will work to protect you and your rights during this time.

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.

Man sentenced to six years for burglary

Twenty-six-year-old Brandon Crabb of Champaign, Illinois was sentenced to a six year stint in prison on Tuesday, October 27 for attempting to steal an Airsoft pistol at a Walmart located at 2610 N. Prospect Avenue C, on Feb. 13, 2015.

Crabb plead guilty to burglary charges before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd prior to receiving the six-year sentence.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Tim Sullivan, Crabb, along with 24-year-old Champaign resident Steve Jackson, went inside the Walmart and asked the store employee to retrieve two pellet guns from their place in a locked display case so that the two could examine the products before purchasing them. Crabb and Jackson then ran out the store with the guns and a few carbon dioxide cartridges that they grabbed on their way out.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices have a great deal of experience with defending clients in criminal cases. If you are facing charges in the Champaign-Urbana area, call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to set up an appointment to speak to one of our attorneys about the specifics of your situation.

Former Illinois State University student guilty of aggravated DUI

Former Illinois State University student Joshua Dunn was found guilty of driving under the influence on Thursday, October 1 in Bloomington and is facing up to 29 years of imprisonment for his part in the January 2015 accident that claimed the life of another ISU student, Benjamin Allison.

Dunn was also accused of leaving the scene of the accident.

Assistant State Attorney Jeffrey Horve noted that the need to prove that Dunn was impaired while driving at the time of the incident was unnecessary because “the evidence is clear based upon People’s Exhibit # 7 that when blood was drawn for [him], [he] did have cannabis in [his] system”.

While Horve noted that the family of the victim and those involved in the case were granted a small measure of closure with the guilty verdict, he went on to lament the fact that “There are no winners in this case. The Allison’s lost their only son and for them, this will never be over.”

The defense hopes to make a case for extraordinary circumstances that may lead to probation, rather than the maximum penalty.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter not guilty of battery & assault

Twenty-four-year-old wide receiver for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, Justin Scott Hunter, was recently found not guilty of assault and battery charges filed against him in connection with a brawl that occurred on July 4, 2015 in his hometown of Virginia Beach.

According to a report from ESPN, prosecutors for the case argued that the brawl led to a man’s jaw being broken, although the victim testified in court that it wasn’t Hunter who gave him the most forceful punch.

Hunter’s legal counsel, Toby Vick, said the football player was singled out for the charges because he has the most money among the men involved in the fight, due to his status as an NFL player.

Sports information site Rotoworld thinks that Hunter will avoid being disciplined by the league, although it’s going to be a long shot, given the predisposition of NFL commissioner Roger Stokoe Goodell.

If you have had a run-in with the law and were charged with a criminal offense in the Champaign-Urbana area or elsewhere in East Central Illinois, our attorneys at Bruno Law Offices will make sure that your legal rights are well protected and that you have your fair trial in court. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000.

Police turn to social media, video footage to find Illinois cop killers

Police authorities in Fox Lake, Illinois are currently on the lookout for three suspects in the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, announcing last Wednesday, September 2 that they are brushing through social media tips to look for the men suspected to be involved in the killing. Police are unsure if the suspects are still within the vicinity of the crime scene or if they have fled.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said that around 100 investigators have been scouring the 2-square-mile perimeter of homes, marshland, and railroad tracks in the village of Fox Lake, to catch Gliniewicz’s killers. Gliniewicz was shot last Tuesday, September 1.

Filenko noted that the suspects – who Gliniewicz had been pursuing before he was shot – were noted as two white men and one black man.

Our attorneys at Bruno Law Offices in Champaign, Urbana, and East Central Illinois are committed to getting our clients, who have been charged with criminal defenses, a fair chance of proving their innocence in court. Get in touch with us today by calling our offices at (217) 328-6000.

Judge reduces sentence of DUI convict from seven years to 180 days

On August 3 , Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis resentenced Danville native Jessica Young, 33, a woman formerly sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of aggravated driving under the influence after a fatal accident, to 180 days in jail plus four years of probation. As of August 3, Young was granted 148 days of credit for her time already served.

Judge Tom Difanis came to the conclusion that “extraordinary circumstances” existed in Young’s situation that qualified her for a community-based sentence. Young’s former legal counsel, Ed Piraino, presented evidence to the court from Young’s mother and grandmother about how the two have had difficulties raising Young’s daughter and son, both of whom have had been having emotional problems because of the incident.

Our attorneys at Bruno Law Offices in the Champaign-Urbana area specialize in representing clients who are facing criminal charges. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, feel free to contact a member of our legal team today by calling our office at (217) 328-6000.

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