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Standoff defendant's trial date changed

The trial date has been changed for a Peru man charged with standing off police last fall.

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.

On March 8, trial was set for May 3, but a few days later prosecutors asked the trial to be sooner, because an officer in the case is retiring. Sorrentino's attorney did not object and Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. reset the trial to Thursday, April 12.

Sorrentino has opted to go without a jury and instead have Ryan decide guilt or innocence.

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