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Standoff defendant set for trial

A Peru standoff defendant wants a judge, rather than a jury, to hear his case.

Jeffrey M. Sorrentino, 57, is charged with firing a gunshot Sept. 25 at La Salle County Sheriff Thomas 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.

Jury trial had been set for March 12, but at a court hearing Thursday, Sorrentino said he wants to go without a jury, instead having the judge in his case, Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr., decide guilt or innocence. Ryan then reset trial to Thursday, May 3. Sorrentino remains in custody.

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