Maple Parkâ€”A Maple Park man has been convicted of threatening a police officer.
Jose E. Blanco, 45, of the 200 block of Kane Street, Maple Park, was convicted this week by Circuit Judge Thomas E. Mueller, of one count of threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony. Blanco waived his right to a jury trial.
On May 21, 2009, Blanco told a Maple Park police officer that he was upset that another Maple Park police officer had not yet provided Blanco with a copy of a police report, taken two days earlier, about damage to his vehicles. Blanco threatened the officer who took the report, saying he would disarm the officer, shoot him in the head, use one of his three knives to decapitate him, bury his body in a farm field where it would never be found and that he had received special training to commit such an act while in the El Salvadoran army.
Judge Mueller set Blancoâ€™s next court appearance for 9 a.m. Jan 18, 2010, for motions and sentencing. Blanco could be sentenced to probation or to between two and five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Blanco had been held in the Kane County Jail since his arrest on $100,000 bail. Bond was revoked upon conviction.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant Stateâ€™s Attorneys Scott Schwertley and Mark Stajdohar.