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Man pleads guilty to harassing jurors

A rural Ottawa man faces sentencing in April for accosting jurors outside the La Salle County Courthouse on Etna Road in Ottawa.

Richard M. Thompson, 66, pleaded guilty Friday to harassing two jurors after his son was found guilty in summer 2016 of pointing a laser-scoped pellet gun at a deputy sheriff. His son went to prison, but his conviction was overturned on appeal in September 2017, after he was already released from prison.

Thompson is to be sentenced Wednesday, April 25, with special prosecutor Patrick Herrmann agreeing to ask for no more than a three-year prison term. If Thompson receives that sentence, he could be released in about 18 months. Thompson is now free on $10,000 cash bond.

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