No bond reduction in DeKalb choking case

SYCAMORE – A judge declined to reduce bail Thursday for a 21-year-old Genoa man accused of choking a DeKalb woman days after he was convicted of domestic battery against another woman.

Jeremiah Picurro, of the 200 block of North Hadsall Street, remained in DeKalb County jail unable to post 10 percent of his $75,000 bond. ­

Picurro said he couldn’t afford the fees for electronic home monitoring, but Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert said she wouldn’t reduce the bail without him participating in the program.

Picurro pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery May 3 and was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge, court records show. He admitted to punching an ex-girlfriend in the stomach three or four times but, as part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped charges alleging he raped her and refused to let her out of his car July 4, 2010.

Five days after accepting the plea agreement, Picurro was charged with aggravated domestic battery for allegedly choking a different woman at her home in DeKalb, court records show. He was also charged with interfering with the reporting of domestic violence for allegedly taking the woman’s phone when she tried to call police, court records show.

If convicted of the more serious charge, aggravated domestic battery, Picurro could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. He is next due in court Thursday.