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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.


Decatur man sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual assualt

Steven E. Williams, 49, of Decatur, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually molesting a 13 year old girl.

The girl was in his care between March and May 2011 while Williams was living in Sidney.  He admitted to engaging in sex acts with the girl, and pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Williams had had no previous criminal history, served 12 years in the Navy, and held a steady job.  He will register as a sex offender for life, and stated, “I’m sorry for what I did. I don’t know why I did it.”

If you have been charged with sexual assault, contact Champaign sex crimes attorneys at Bruno Law Offices today by calling 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.


Two teens shot in Champaign

Two weeks ago, two teens were shot in a drive-by shooting.  According to police reports, the men were found in the street on the 1000 block of Northwood Drive.

Witnesses say a red Mercury Grand Marquis traveling westbound on Northwood when one of the vehicle’s occupants rolled down the windows, yelled at the two men and fire shots out of the window.  Police do not have a complete description of the suspect.  In addition, police are unsure if a second vehicle, described as a black pickup truck, could be involved.

Both victims, 16 and 18-years old, were taken to Provena Covenant Medical  Center in Urbana and were released after treatment for their injuries.

Charges of assault with a deadly weapon can have serious consequences if you are not accurately represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney.  To discuss the charges with one of the Champaign assault and battery defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices, contact our office today at 217-328-6000.


Man charged for alleged attack on parking officer

A 50-year-old Champaign man has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery for allegedly attacking a 40-year-old Champaign parking enforcement officer last Thursday.

The parking officer was attempting to put a boot on the 50-year-old man’s car because records showed a large number of unpaid parking tickets. While he was doing this the 50-year-old man returned to his car, parked near the 300 block of West Maple Street. The officer has accused the man of using the car door to hit him before getting into the car and backing it up, hitting the officer’s shins.

The driver then fled the scene but was apprehended by police shortly after. If convicted of this Class 3 felony he faces punishment ranging from probation to five years in prison.

If you have been accused of a violent crime or need legal counsel in the area of what qualifies as assault, contact the Champaign assault & battery defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at (217) 328-6000 today.

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