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Standoff defendant wants guns back

A Peru man, charged with shooting at police, wants his guns returned.

Jeffrey M. Sorrentino, 57, is charged with firing a gunshot Sept. 25 at La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton and a sheriff's lieutenant. The sheriff's office went to Sorrentino's home as part of bank foreclosure proceedings. After firing the shot, which did not hit anyone, Sorrentino holed up in the house for almost 12 hours before surrendering, according to police.

Sorrentino remains in the county jail and is set for trial Thursday, April 12.

On Wednesday, Sorrentino's attorney filed court papers asking police be ordered to return all his property they seized, including guns and ammunition magazines. Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei has said officers found a "large quantity" of guns and a "significant amount" of ammunition in Sorrentino's house.

Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr., who is presiding over the case, will address Sorrentino's request. Prosecutors can also object to the request.

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