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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.


Social media activity could be incriminating

With more and more people becoming involved in posting content, comments, photos, pictures, and personal profiles on the internet, courts are using this online activity as evidence.  In criminal courts, social media activity on websites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, as well as other online activity on dating sites or video/photography uploading sites like Youtube, can either help in your defense, or at times, be incriminating.

Experts warn individuals to be aware of what they are posting online.  For example, posting a photograph taken from a phone with GPS on a website like Facebook allows investigators the ability to see exact coordinates of where the pictures were taken and at what time.

A law professor at Arizona State University said of this new type of evidence, “It opens a new avenue because it’s a way in which people are voluntarily posting information which could incriminate them not realizing that law enforcement has access to it.”

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Champaign, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to set up an appointment to speak with an experienced defense attorney.


Gov. Quinn repeals death penalty in Illinois

Last week, Governor Quinn signed a bill to repeal the death penalty in the state of Illinois.  “We cannot have a death penalty system in our state that kills innocent people.  Unfortunately, that system was in grave danger of doing exactly that in 20 different instances in Illinois,” said Quinn.

The capital punishment system in Illinois had been in place since 1977.  The repeal makes Illinois the 15th state to end the death penalty.  Quinn’s reference to the system killing innocent people was to 20 different individuals who had been sentenced to the death penalty, but were later exonerated of the criminal charges made against them.

Quinn continued, “If the system can’t be guaranteed 100 percent error-free, then we shouldn’t have the system.  It cannot stand.  It just is not right in our democracy and system of justice.”

If you or someone you know has been accused of committing a crime in Champaign, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 today, to set up an appointment to speak with one of our experienced defense attorneys about your rights.


Champaign man charged with murder of sister

54-year old Maury D. Butler was charged with murder after his sister, 58-year old Jean Butler was found dead by her son in the home the brother and sister shared in Champaign in April.

Butler was declared unfit to stand trial after being charged but has recently been ruled fit by a Champaign psychiatrist Larry Jeckel.  Being fit for trial means that one is able to understand the charges made against them in order to properly participate with their lawyers and in court.  Fitness does not involve whether or not a defendant is mentally ill or insane when the crime is committed.

Court documents show that Butler does have a history of mental illness and lived with his sister under her care.

If you or someone you know has been charged with murder, contact the Champaign murder defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights.


Champaign police rely heavily on cameras

In Champaign-Urbana, there are at least 2,000 security cameras on public property.  This number does not include the inestimable amount of video cameras in business and on private property.

Champaign police chief R.T. Finney stated, “We have a lot of private businesses’ cameras.  Those cameras are everywhere.  Just about every business has cameras inside and outside and they’ll catch parking lots.  The first thing we do now at a crime scene is go around the businesses that are near the scene and ask if their camera may have caught anything”.

In addition, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District recently announced that they plan to install 1,000 new cameras on buses and city vehicles by the end of the year.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights.


Woman sentenced to 8 years in prison for intent to steal

Last Friday, 41-year old Traci Gillespie of Urbana was sentenced to 8 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of intent to steal.

In January, Gillespie was caught cutting the tags off of $2,300 worth of Kohl’s merchandise.  Gillespie has other prior convictions of theft, burglary, and battery, which made her eligible for an extended prison term.

Gillespie was sentenced by Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to 97 months in prison with restitution.

If you or someone you know has been charged with grand theft, contact the Champaign grand theft lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights.


Police arrest Urbana man for stealing fuel from local farm

A 39-year old Urbana man was arrested for stealing fuel by deputies in Monument Square on Wednesday. The man allegedly stole approximately 130 gallons of fuel from a farm near Urbana-Moorefield road. Authorities have charged the man with criminal trespassing, theft, and possession of criminal tools.

The Champaign criminal defense lawyer Thomas A. Bruno is here to help you if you have been charged with a serious crime like theft. Contact him at 217-328-6000 to discuss your legal options.

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