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Man pleads guilty in sexual assault case

A 31-year-old man has entered a guilty plea to a Champaign County Judge in regards to a sexual assault charge that was filed against him.

The man admitted that in 2007 he had engaged in a sexual act with a female who was younger than 13. The young girl, who is now a teenager, revealed that the sexual abuse carried on for a span of four years. She informed her mother about the man, and she alerted local police.

When the police questioned the man, he revealed that he had indeed assaulted the girl. By pleading guilty to the single count of criminal sexual assault, the other charges against him were dropped. His sentencing is scheduled for June 18, and the maximum amount of time that he could spend behind bars is 40 years.

If you have been accused of a crime, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.


Urbana apartment shooting leaves 1 injured

Early this morning a woman was shot in the shoulder at a north Urbana apartment complex.

The 30-year-old woman was walking to the laundry room in her apartment complex around 2 a.m. when she noticed two men standing in the doorway, lingering. She returned a short while later for her laundry, and the men were still there, this time with ski masks on, and one of them had a gun.

They yelled something at the woman, and then a shot was fired. The woman was retreating to her apartment when she was struck in the shoulder with a bullet. She called 9-1-1, but the police were unable to track down the men who allegedly were responsible for the attack.

If you have been accused of committing a crime, please contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.


Hector Camacho turns himself in on child abuse charges

A man whose profession was centered on fighting other men will now be fighting child abuse charges that were filed against him at the end of 2011.

The ex-boxer, Hector “Macho” Camacho, turned himself in to Florida authorities after he learned of a warrant that was circulating asking for his arrest. The charges, in relation to the warrant, deal with a fight that Camacho had with one of his sons. No specific details were given about the fight, but a neighbor had called the police after she heard an argument in the front yard of the home.

One of Hector’s sons apparently reported that his father abused him in the fight. Camacho vehemently denies these charges, and that is why he chose to go to the authorities. He wants to clear up this matter, and claims that his relationship with his children has always been a good one.

Please contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 if you or someone you know has been charged with a crime.


Champaign man arrested for murder

George Harold Chapman, 41, of Champaign was arrested in South Carolina and charged with murder.

Chapman was charged with the murder of Angelica M. Vasquez, 43, of Danville, whose body was dumped in west Champaign on Sept 27. Authorities found the body on Rising Road just north of Bradley Avenue.

According to Lt. Ed Ogle of the Champaign County Sheriff’s department, the body was burned after the death and her hands were tied up.  Ogle stated, “It looked like she had been beaten, and an autopsy confirmed she had been suffocated.”

Chapman was found and arrested at a home in Pomaria, SC after police received information from the crime lab linking DNA found on Vasquez’s body as Chapman.

If you have been charged with murder, contact Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Urbana couple indicted for stealing from youth sports group

A Champaign County Grand Jury indicted an Urbana couple today on felony charges of stealing from a local youth sports organization.

The husband was indicted on one count of unauthorized use of property, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of greand theft. The wife was indicted on one charge of receiving stolen property.

The couple is accused of stealing funds from the Urbana Girls Fastpitch traveling softball program.

Once police were made aware of suspicious purchases on the program’s account, its financial records were subpoenaed. This revealed over $11,000 in purchases and transfers of money from the last two years, made by the husband, who was the executive director of the organization at the time.

It took officers around four months to determine what purchases where legitimate and which were not.

A Champaign County Grand Jury indicted an Urbana couple today on felony charges of stealing from a local youth sports organization.

The husband was indicted on one count of unauthorized use of property, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of greand theft. The wife was indicted on one charge of receiving stolen property.

The couple is accused of stealing funds from the Urbana Girls Fastpitch traveling softball program.

Once police were made aware of suspicious purchases on the program’s account, its financial records were subpoenaed. This revealed over $11,000 in purchases and transfers of money from the last two years, made by the husband, who was the executive director of the organization at the time.

It took officers around four months to determine what purchases where legitimate and which were not.


Urbana man sentenced to seven years for unsuccessful shoplifting

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis sentenced an Urbana man to seven years in prison for attempting to shoplift from a Meijer store on 2401 N. Prospect Ave. December 17, 2009.

The prosecution alleged that the Urbana man was in the store for close to an hour before entering the woman’s bathroom with merchandise he had not paid for. When store security followed him and found the items on his person, they called the police.

The man has a prior record of convictions for burglary and possession of a stolen car.

The sentence imposed on this man is excessive, especially given that he shows no predilection towards violent crimes. If you need legal counsel or representation in a criminal defense case, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at (217) 328-6000 today.

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