Peoria Teen Accused of Threatening Judge Following Arrest for Alleged Gunfire Incident

PEORIA, Ill. – A Peoria resident is facing charges after allegedly threatening a judge who ordered him to be held in jail for firing a gun into a house. On Monday, 18-year-old Taiwand Hughes appeared before Peoria County Judge Mark Gilles for a detention hearing, where he was ordered to remain in custody until his trial for aggravated discharge of a firearm.

According to authorities, after the hearing, a recorded phone call captured Hughes stating his anticipation to “catch the judge walking out of the courthouse.” This statement led to an additional charge of threatening a public official, which is classified as a Class 3 felony and carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Prosecutors have requested that any prison time for the threat be served consecutively to Hughes’ sentence for firing the gun. The charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm, classified as a Class 1 felony, could result in a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Hughes is expected to be arraigned on February 29th, during which he will enter his plea. The case highlights the serious consequences individuals may face when making threats against public officials, reinforcing the importance of upholding the integrity and security of the judicial system.

The incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing concerns surrounding firearms and their misuse, particularly in residential areas. This unfortunate event further emphasizes the need for comprehensive gun control measures and increased awareness on responsible gun ownership.

As the legal proceedings progress, it remains to be seen how the court will handle Hughes’ charges and determine an appropriate sentence. The case also raises questions about the underlying factors that may have led to his alleged actions and whether there are potential avenues for rehabilitation or intervention.

With the arraignment swiftly approaching, both the prosecution and defense will likely present their arguments and evidence to support their respective positions. It is crucial for the court to consider all relevant factors in order to reach a fair and just resolution in this case, ensuring the safety of the community and upholding the principles of justice.