Kewanee Man Starts New Year in Jail for Battery and Communicating with A Witness in his Jury Trial

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A Kewanee man started the new year in the Henry County Jail after pleading guilty to battery and attempting to deter a witness from testifying in his Jury Trial.  Bradley Kelly, 34, accepted a plea deal on December 28, 2023, for the battery of a witness who was testifying against him at his Jury Trial on the morning of August 31, 2023.  Bradley Kelly got 18 Months Probation, 60 days in the Henry County Jail with day-for-day credit, credit for 5 days served, must seek an Anger Management Evaluation and recommended treatment, pay a $25 monthly probation fee, and pay fines and assessments.  Mr. Kelly is to have no contact with the victim.  Mr. Kelly pleaded guilty to Aggravated Battery in a Public Place and Communicate/Detain Witness, the remaining counts were dismissed by the State.  Mr. Kelly reported to jail on December 29, 2023.

Bradley Kelly was found Not Guilty by a Jury on August 31, 2023, for Child Abduction, Resisting, and Child Endangerment.  Mr. Kelly was given 6 months of Court Supervision and a $75 fine plus assessments for the citation for failing to secure his 3-year-old daughter in her car seat.  The morning of his Jury Trial, Mr. Kelly had an altercation with the witnesses who were there to testify against him for the alleged abduction of his biological daughter on January 29, 2023.  The altercation occurred outside the Henry County Courthouse, in the parking area.  According to court records, Mr. Kelly “chest bumped” two of the male witnesses associated with the mother of his daughter.  Mr. Kelly allegedly made a derogatory remark towards his child’s mother during the altercation as well.  One of the male victims fell to the ground after the chest bump from Mr. Kelly and suffered minor scratches from the fall.  The State sought and acquired approval for the plea from the three victims in the case.  Judge Terry Patton asked State’s Attorney Runty if Mr. Kelly had made any direct threats to the witnesses during the altercation.  State’s Attorney Runty said that no threats were made during the incident and that the chest bump was the implied threat.

Kelly was originally charged with two (2) counts of Aggravated Battery/Public Place (Class 3 Felony), Communicate/Detain Witness (Class 3 Felony), and two (2) counts of Battery/Makes Physical Contact (Class A Misdemeanor).

(720 ILCS 5/32-4) (from Ch. 38, par. 32-4)
Sec. 32-4. Communicating with jurors and witnesses.
(a) A person who, with intent to influence any person whom he believes has been summoned as a juror, regarding any matter which is or may be brought before such juror, communicates, directly or indirectly, with such juror otherwise than as authorized by law commits a Class 4 felony.
(b) A person who, with intent to deter any party or witness from testifying freely, fully and truthfully to any matter pending in any court, or before a Grand Jury, Administrative agency or any other State or local governmental unit, forcibly detains such party or witness, or communicates, directly or indirectly, to such party or witness any knowingly false information or a threat of injury or damage to the property or person of any individual or offers or delivers or threatens to withhold money or another thing of value to any individual commits a Class 3 felony.
(c) A person who violates the Juror Protection Act commits a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 94-186, eff. 1-1-06.)

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