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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.


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.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices in Champaign are very much experienced when it comes to defending clients in criminal cases. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to learn how we can help you.


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.


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.”


Funeral service for Whitney Houston on Saturday

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


Meth drug bust in Algonquin

On Tuesday, Feb 2, McHenry County Sheriff’s Police seized 700 grams, or $25,000 worth of methamphetamine at an Algonquin home.

This was found to be unusual in the northwest part of Illinois, as the use methamphetamine is more common in the central and southern parts of the state. According to Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Bill Backus, “The greater Chicagoland area is still not seeing the prevalence in cases that we see in the southern and western part of the state…I have not seen or heard of any upswing of meth-related incidents…”

According to a 2007 Illinois Meth Project study, one in four teens in Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, and the surrounding areas said that locating meth is “very easy” or “somewhat easy.”

If you have been charged with drug possession, contact Champaign drug defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices, P.A. by calling 217-328-6000.


The most anticipated football game of the year…

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices, P.A. are pleased to announce the 2012 Super Bowl on Sunday.

This season’s Super Bowl will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where the New England Patriots will play the New York Giants for the second time at the Super Bowl in four years. Both teams played in the 2008 Super Bowl game where the Giants left victorious.

On Sunday, the Patriots are back with their head coach, Bill Belichick, and quarterback, Tom Brady, to pilot the team to a win for their fifth time at the Super Bowl in 11 seasons.

Game airs on NBC at 6:30pm EST. For details on the teams, visit NFL.com

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