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Grand jury returns indictments

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 2:27 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Grand Jury returned the following indictments when it met in session Dec. 13 in the Bureau County Courthouse in Princeton:

• Steven Hufnagel, 29, of Princeton was indicted for the Class 2 felony of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, heroin. He is accused of possessing with the intent to deliver to another less than one gram of heroin on Nov. 19. An agent with the TRIDENT task force testified before the grand jury. Hufnagel is in custody, with bond set at $30,000.

• Thomas N. Payton, 62, Nathan Payton, 24, and Scarlett Mendoza-Gutterez, 22, all of Eureka, Calif., were indicted for the Class 1 felony of unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis. They are accused of possessing with the intent to deliver to another more than 2,000 grams but less than 5,000 grams of cannabis on Nov. 21. A sergeant with the Illinois State Police testified before the grand jury. All three defendants are free from custody, each having posted 10 percent of a $25,000 bond.

• James A. McKee, 64, of Spring Valley was indicted for the Class X felony of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and three Class 2 felonies of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The predatory criminal sexual assault indictment alleges McKee committed an act of sexual penetration with a child under 13 years of age on Nov. 22. The aggravated criminal sexual abuse indictments allege McKee committed separate acts of sexual conduct of fondling on three separate children between Sept. 1 and Nov. 20. Spring Valley Police Deputy Chief William Sommer testified before the grand jury. McKee is in custody, with bond set at $75,000.

• Ian R. Levan, 23, of Wyanet was indicted for the Class 2 felony of burglary. He is accused of entering a Princeton business with the intent to commit a theft on Nov. 30. Princeton Police Department Investigator John Shofner testified before the grand jury. Levan is free from custody, having posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bond.

• Bryan M. Oliver, 27, of Princeton was indicted for the Class 4 felony of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, heroin. He is accused of possessing less than 15 grams of heroin on Dec. 3. Oliver is in custody, with bond set at $15,000. An agent with the TRIDENT task force testified before the grand jury.

• Michael Kasperski, 32, of Princeton was indicted for the Class 1 felony of unlawful possession with intent to deliver heroin. He is accused of possessing with the intent to deliver to another more than one gram of heroin on Dec. 3. Kasperski is in custody, with bond set at $40,000. An agent with the TRIDENT task force testified before the grand jury.

• There were three suppressed cases.

The indictments were presented to the grand jury by State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann, First Assistant State’s Attorney Anthony Sciuto and Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Anderson.

The indictments on Kasperski, Thomas Payton, Nathan Payton, Mendoza-Gutterez and one suppressed case were returned before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. The other indictments were returned before Associate Circuit Judge C. J. Hollerich.

Indictments are accusations against the defendants, who are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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