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Mineral man on life support

MINERAL — The investigation continues into a Saturday incident which has left a Mineral man brain dead.

On Monday morning, Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll confirmed Brandon Anthony was pronounced brain dead at 5:38 p.m. Sunday at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He is being maintained on life support to complete an organ donor process. Once that process is completed, an autopsy will be done and inquest scheduled, the coroner said.

In a press release issued Monday morning, Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson said the sheriff’s department is continuing its investigation into the Sunday morning incident which led to the critical injury of Brandon R. Anthony, 20, of Mineral.

Bureau County deputies responded to Mineral at 11:45 a.m. Sunday regarding a subject who had reportedly fallen, exited or been ejected from a moving vehicle. The witness(s) reported the victim, Brandon Anthony, was unresponsive. The incident happened on Central Street, about 45 feet from the corner of Third Street, Thompson said.

Upon arrival of the initial responding deputy sheriff, Anthony had been assessed at the scene by Mineral Fire Department personnel. Anthony was transported by Sheffield Ambulance and Princeton Fire and Ambulance personnel to Perry Memorial Hospital. Due to the critical nature of Anthony’s injuries, the EMS personnel arranged for a REACT helicopter transport from Perry Memorial Hospital to the emergency trauma center at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Thompson said.

Thompson said the investigation into the incident has resulted in the arrest of two brothers, Michael L. Donner, 62, and Roger D. Donner, 57, both of Aledo. The two men have been charged by the sheriff’s department with false impersonation of a peace officer and with the possession of cannabis, more than 30 grams.

Both Donner brothers are in custody in the Bureau County Jail. They appeared in Bureau County court Monday afternoon on a probable cause hearing. Any further charges would come through the state’s attorney’s office, Thompson said.

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