Bonfield man pleads guilty to DUI to avoid sex abuse charge
A 40-year-old Bonfield man won't be prosecuted for the alleged molesting of his stepdaughter after he agreed to plead guilty Monday to a separate DUI charge stemming from an accident that left a Limestone teen seriously injured.
William Kibbons, who had pleaded not guilty to the 2009 criminal sexual abuse charges, pleaded guilty instead to aggravated DUI and faces up to eight years in prison.
The Daily-Journal reports the plea deal means Kibbons will not be tried on charges that he sexually abused his stepdaughter, who was under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged offense. Kankakee County prosecutors agreed to drop those charges if Kibbons pleaded guilty to the DUI, which carries a greater maximum prison term.
On June 4, 2012, Kibbons drove his pickup head-on into a car driven by then 19-year-old Zach Jones. Kibbons fled the scene of the accident but was later arrested by Illinois State Police. He had a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit.
According to the Journal, Kibbons faced up to seven years for the sexual abuse charges and up to 12 for the aggravated DUI. But under current state sentencing laws, Kibbons would have served half of his sentence if convicted of sexual abuse.
The DUI, on the other hand, must be served at 85 percent of the sentence, and prosecutors agreed to ask for no more than eight years in exchange for his guilty plea.
It’s Prom Weekend for many area high schools.And the Prom season presents the perfect opportunity for law enforcement and school officials to emphasize student safety.
The Illinois State Police were joined by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and Watseka Police yesterday (Friday) to remind high school students to buckle up and pay attention to their responsibility behind the wheel.
The scene at Watseka High School (Friday) afternoon was also displayed at GCMS in Gibson City and at Manteno --to get that message out there.
Sgt. Steven Sigler, Safety Education Officer for District 21 of the State Police and M/S Angie Kinstner of the State police say it’s all about being safe.
"It's all about education. We want to make sure we educate students and parents and the community about having safe graduations and proms," says Sgt. Steven Sigler of the District 21 state police. Master Sgt. Angie Kinstner also said "we emphasize P. R.O.M., an ancronym for Please Return on Monday. We want all to have fun and be safe so all return to school on Monday."
Officers made their presence known at all exits around the high school as students called it a day.It’s Prom Weekend.It’s a celebration.It’s fun for the young adults.
But it’s also time to remember that graduation and Prom calls for a little more responsibility.The students, Sigler says, are receptive.
Tragic accidents involving teens have made the news all too often, recent accidents right here in the WGFA-listening area.
A 32-year-old Bradley man faces weapons charges after his arrest Friday by Kankakee Police and the Kankakee County Major Crimes Task Force. Adam Johnson was wanted on an outstanding warrant stemming from an illegal sale of a gun to an undercover officer.
In 2010, Johnson sold a firearm to an undercover Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force member. At the time of the sale, Johnson was already a felon.
Johnson was arrested in the 1200 block of East Locust Street in Kankakee for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful sale of a firearm. He was indicted by the Kankakee County Grand Jury on Feb. 21, He is being held in the in the Kankakee County jail.
Hoopeston Police need the public's help in their investigation of a stabbing incident last Thursday.
A 32-year-old Watseka man was the victim. Police report the unidentified Watseka man arrived at Hoopeston Community Hospital Emergency Room seeking treatment for numerous stab wounds. The wounds were to the man's face, neck and upper body.
The victim told police he thought he was walking in the 800 to 1000 block of North Market Street in Hoopeston when three white males exited an older model blue vehicle and struck him in the head. The blow caused the man to lose consciousness. Upon regaining consciousness, the victim was covered in blood and discovered he had been stabbed several times. He was taken to Hoopeston Community Hospital by an unknown person and was later transferred to Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Hoopeston Police at 217-283-5196. You can also contact Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-TIPS.