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12/1/2012 4:08:00 AM
Defense attorney disbarred, so Princeton man's sentencing will wait

Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer

PRINCETON — A sentencing hearing for a Princeton man, charged with two separate Class 4 felonies, was rescheduled on Tuesday because his lawyer has been disbarred on consent.

Eric Miranda, 35, of Princeton pleaded guilty recently to resisting a peace officer and deceptive practices. He hired defense attorney Al Henry Williams of Dixon. Recently, Williams pleaded guilty to financial exploitation of a disabled person, a Class 4 felony, carrying a prison sentence of 1-3 years.

Bureau County State’s Attorney Pat Herrmann said Miranda was given until Dec. 21 to hire a new attorney.

If he does not hire one, a public defender will be appointed to the case. After Dec. 21, a new sentencing hearing for Miranda will be scheduled 3-4 weeks later, Herrmann said.

In November 2011, DePue police chief Michael West was attempting to execute an arrest warrant on Miranda for driving while his license was suspended. Miranda was informed that he was under arrest and shoved West, then fled on foot. The shove caused West to fall and receive a slight injury, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

Miranda originally was charged with aggravated battery.

In February, a DePue business reported that it had received several checks from Miranda that were returned for insufficient funds and closed account. Investigators say Miranda wrote eight checks to the business between January and February totaling $203.26. Miranda had only deposited $48 in that account when he opened it in December 2011. Miranda was indicted for deceptive practices on July 13. On Nov. 8, a second count was filed in the aggravated battery case. Miranda was charged with resisting a peace officer. Miranda entered an open plea to his offenses.

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