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Crime & Courts

Sorrentino found guilty, faces prison

Sentencing set June 22

On Tuesday, a Peru man was found guilty of shooting at police last fall.

Jeffery Sorrentino, 57, was found guilty, but mentally ill, of firing an AK-47 round Sept. 25 at La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton and Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Guinee.

Sheriff’s personnel were at Sorrentino’s home to remove him from the foreclosed house, with Templeton and Guinee outside the front door, when Sorrentino fired through the door from inside. No one was injured. Sorrentino then holed up inside the house until surrendering almost 12 hours later.

Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. decided Sorrentino’s guilt, because Sorrentino opted to go to trial without a jury. Sorrentino is to be sentenced Friday, June 22. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 45 years. Whatever the sentence, he must serve at least 85 percent.

The judgment of guilty, but mentally ill, gives notice to prison officials Sorrentino may need mental health treatment, explained Prosecutor Matt Kidder.

During Sorrentino’s trial, a psychiatrist, who examined Sorrentino, testified Sorrentino suffers from delusion. During the examination, Sorrentino spent much time blaming the federal government for his troubles, according to the psychiatrist.

Sorrentino filed a request April 4 for return of the numerous guns police seized from his house. With Sorrentino headed to prison, the guns would obviously not be returned to him. However, they could be given to someone at Sorrentino’s direction, who has a state permit to possess guns. The request likely will be addressed at the sentencing hearing.

Sorrentino, who remains in the La Salle County Jail, is defended by Peru lawyer Douglas Olivero.

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