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Miranda pleads guilty to felonies

Published: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 3:15 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 4:40 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Eric Miranda, 35, of Princeton has entered an open plea of guilty to the Class 4 felony of resisting a peace officer and to the Class 4 felony of deceptive practices.

Miranda entered his guilty pleas on Nov. 8 before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. The judge ordered the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 27.

Miranda was represented in court by Dixon attorney Al Henry Williams. Prosecuting the case was Bureau County State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

On Nov. 3, 2011, DePue Police Chief Michael West was attempting to execute an arrest warrant on Miranda for driving while license suspended. Miranda was informed he was under arrest on that warrant. Miranda shoved the police chief and then fled on foot. The shove caused the police chief to fall, resulting in a slight injury from the fall. Miranda was originally charged with aggravated battery.

In February 2012, a DePue business reported to the DePue Police Department the business had received several checks from Miranda which were returned for insufficient funds and a closed account. It was determined Miranda had written eight checks to the same business between Jan. 29 and Feb. 1, totaling $203.26. Miranda had only deposited $48 into the account when he opened it in December 2011. Miranda was indicted for deceptive practices on July 13. Then on Nov. 8, a second count was filed in the aggravated battery case; Miranda charged with the Class 4 felony of resisting a peace officer.

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