SYCAMORE – A hunting trip ended in handcuffs Saturday for a Sandwich man accused of pointing a shotgun at conservation police.
Robert M. Walsh, 42, of the 1800 block of Irene Road, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against police officers after Illinois Conservation Police investigated a report of whitetail deer hunting behind a residence in the 200 block of Chicago Road in Earlville, according to court records.
At a bond hearing for Walsh in DeKalb County court Monday, Assistant State’s Attorney Alicia Caplan noted that Walsh has failed to appear for court dates seven times in the past.
Judge Robbin Stuckert ordered Walsh held on $7,000 bond. He posted $700 cash bail Monday and was released from the DeKalb County Jail. Stuckert also ordered Walsh be placed on pre-trial supervision and electronic home monitoring.
If convicted of the most serious charge of unlawful use of a weapon he could face up to 10 years in prison.
Conservation police responded to the Earlville residence after dark Saturday and, while they were there, a white truck pulled up, according to court records. As the officers walked toward the truck, Walsh emerged from the bed of the truck with a 20-gauge shotgun pointed at the officers, according to court records.
The officers issued multiple verbal commands and Walsh dropped the gun, according to court records. During an investigation, police found the shotgun and three deer slugs, according to court documents.
Walsh also was cited for having an uncased gun in a motor vehicle, violation of legal hunting hours, hunting without a valid license and hunting without a valid deer permit. He is next due in court at 9 a.m. Jan. 24.