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Garrett Gets 50-Year Pison Term

A Watseka man is headed to prison for 50 years.  30-year-old Brian Garrett was sentenced Friday in Iroquois Circuit Court for the 2009 double-murders of Robert Wood and Ralph Elsey.

Garrett pleaded guilty to 1st and 2nd degree murder charges for killing the men at the Sheldon home the two victims shared.  

State’s Attorney Jim Devine said Judge Gordon Lustfeldt made sure Garrett understood the sentence……

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The case had been continued several times over the last two-plus years.  Garrett had been ruled unfit to stand trial.  But after several evaluations, court psychiatrists determined the defendant  was able to comprehend the case against him.

Garrett was represented by public defender Dale Strough.

Devine said Garrett was facing Life in prison, if convicted, before agreeing to the plea ……..

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The 48-year-old Wood and 62-year-old Elsey were killed June 6, 2009 at their home at 270 W. Depot Street in Sheldon.  Garrett has been in custody since June 8, 2009.  He’ll await transfer to the Department of Corrections.

 

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Brian Garrett Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Sheldon Murders >

A 50-year prison term was handed down this (Fri) morning to Brian Garrett for the 2009 double murders of Robert Wood and Ralph Elsey.

The 30-year-old Garrett, represented by public defender Dale Strough, labored for months in the court system challenging his competence to stand trial.  After mental evaluations finally ruled he was fit for trial, Garrett pleaded guilty to 1st and 2nd degree murders for killing Elsey and Wood at the Sheldon home the men shared.

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Long-time Bradley Official Bob Martin Dies

A former mayor and village trustee, and dedicated community leader in the village of Bradley has died.

Robert Martin passed away this (Fri) morning at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

He served the Bradley community for three decades, as police chief, village trustee and mayor between the 1960s and late 1980s.  After his retirement, Bob Martin accepted the community’s call again…to serve again as a trustee and mayor.  He served a stint at mayor following the death of former mayor Ken Hayes.

Martin also served on the Bradley-Bourbonnais High School Board of Education.

World War II also interrupted what may have been a professional baseball career for Martin. 

 
 

 

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Buckley Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Fatal Wreck

WATSEKA — Circuit Judge Gordon Lustfeldt imposed a seven and a-half year prison term for a Buckley man who was involved in a fatal drunken driving accident in 2010. 

25-year-old Jordan Hasselbring pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated DUI.  The accident in May of 2010 killed 33-year-old Corbin Siddall of Lake Iroquois.  The collision happened at an unmarked intersection north of Lake Iroquois.

Hasselbring’s plea came just weeks before he was scheduled to stand trial for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, a Class 2 felony.  Hasselbring will be required to serve at least 85 percent — or 6.4 years — of the 90-month prison term, according to Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine.

Hasselbring was facing up to 14 years in prison before a plea deal was worked out.

Devine said he accepted the plea deal because he did not think he could have argued for more prison time because of Hasselbring’s slim criminal record. Hasselbring had one felony conviction, from April 2004, for possession of a controlled substance in Ford County.

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Barickman Endorsed for Senate by 5 Central-Illinois Sheriffs

BLOOMINGTON — State Rep. Jason Barickman, R-Champaign, picked up endorsements from five Central Illinois sheriffs Wednesday in his bid for the Republican nomination for the redrawn 53rd Illinois Senate District seat.

The sheriffs and their counties are: Mark Doran, Ford; Mike Emery, McLean; Derek Hagen, Iroquois; Marty Meredith, Livingston; and James Pierceall, Woodford.

Barickman was appointed to the House in 2010 to fill the seat vacated by Shane Cultra, R-Onarga after Cultra had been appointed to the Senate to fill the seat vacated by Dan Rutherford’s election as state treasurer.

Barickman is now challenging Cultra for the Senate seat in a district that stretches from the Illinois River to the Indiana border and includes Bloomington, Normal, Pontiac, Gibson City and Paxton.

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