Brandon Swank accepted a plea deal that sends him to prison for two years. Brandon Swank plead guilty to Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and the State will dismiss Counts 1 and 3, Felon in Possession of a Weapon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Swank got two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (he must serve 50% of the sentence), Credit for Time Served (CTS), six months of Mandatory Supervised Release, $75 fine plus assessments and mandatory drug related fees. Swank must report to Court Services within 30 days of release from IDOC to set up a payment plan. Judge Hathaway approved a Waiver of all waivable assessments for the Felony Plea. Traffic assessments do not qualify for a waiver
Swank took a plea for his traffic charges for Counts 1 and 2, the remaining counts were dismissed by the State. Swank got 60 days in the Henry County Jail with day-for-day credit and fines plus assessments for Count 1 of Driving on a Suspended License. He got 60 days in the Henry County Jail with day-for-day credit, CTS and a $75 fine for count 2 of Fleeing to Elude.
Swank was arrested on August 7th after he allegedly threatened people in an establishment in the 300 block of Front Street in Galva with a knife. On August 6th, Mr. Swank was issued a Notice to Appear for Criminal Trespass to Property for a trespassing complaint from the 300 block of Front Street on August 5th. On August 7, 2022, Galva Police and Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Swank and searched his person and backpack. Police found Meth, Drug Paraphernalia and a knife on Swank as a result of the search. Officer Adam Wagner, of the Galva Police Department, was the only witness called to testify. Officer Wagner said that Field testing of the drugs, glass pipe and syringes tested positive for drugs. A knife was found “free floating” in the backpack on Swank’s person. The knife was not measured but Officer Wagner estimated the knife to be 3 to 4 inches.