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1/19/2013 6:05:00 AM
Ottawa man faces 15-60 years for armed violence

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man faces up to 60 years in prison and was ordered held on $2 million bond for allegedly delivering heroin while armed with a 9-mm pistol.

Thomas J. Higgins, 34, of 617 Webster St., Ottawa was charged Friday with one count of armed violence, a Class X felony carrying an extended sentencing range of 15-60 years in prison with no possibility of probation.

Higgins needs to post $200,000 in cash to be released from La Salle County Jail.
Higgins was charged Thursday night after he allegedly delivered less than a gram of heroin to a confidential informant working with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team, TRI-DENT said. After TRI-DENT apprehended him, agents seized a loaded handgun, two additional loaded magazines and another 1½ grams of heroin.

In court Friday, chief deputy assistant La Salle County state’s attorney Brian Vescogni announced the facts and Higgins’ criminal history made him eligible for extended sentencing.

Higgins will next appear Feb. 7 with the public defender for arraignment.

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