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Breaking: Judge reduces bail for man charged in Oswego hit-and-run death

Nehemiah Williams, left, appears in court with his public defender, Victoria Chuffo, at a bond hearing before Judge Robert Pilmer on Friday, July 6, at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.
Nehemiah Williams, left, appears in court with his public defender, Victoria Chuffo, at a bond hearing before Judge Robert Pilmer on Friday, July 6, at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

OSWEGO – A Kendall County judge has reduced the bond of the Aurora man charged in a June 24 hit-and-run incident that killed an Oswego High School softball coach from $1 million to $150,000.

Judge Robert Pilmer agreed Friday to reduce the bond of Nehemiah Williams, 38, of the 100 block of Gregory Street. If he posts $15,000 to be released, Williams will be placed on electronic home monitoring.

Prosecutors say Williams was behind the wheel of a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica crossover SUV when he struck Amanda Stanton, 26, of Lockport sometime June 24 along Plainfield Road near Plainsman Court in Oswego Township. Stanton was the head softball coach at OHS and was a math intervention specialist at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville.

Williams, who's been in jail since June 27, is charged with failing to report an accident that resulted in personal injury or death, reckless homicide and driving with a suspended license, all felonies.

During his ruling, Pilmer said he set the bond at an amount that will "assure compliance," and that the law requires that the amount not be "oppressive, but considerate of the financial ability of the accused." He said he did not set the bond at the requested $50,000 because he considered the risk to the community.

Williams was on bond for a pending DUI case in Kane County on the night of the Oswego Township incident.

Pilmer set Williams' next court date for 9 a.m. July 25 at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

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