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     November 4, 2019      #45-308 KDJ

James Atwood wins appeal on prison sentence 

By Jeff Bonty

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in a favor of a Kankakee man’s appeal to be resentenced on federal drug charges but in front of a different judge.

The federal judge who originally sentenced Atwood, Judge Colin S. Bruce, was reprimanded for improperly communicating with former colleagues in the U.S. Attorney’s Central Illinois Division. The reprimand prompted the Court of Appeals ruling.

James Atwood, an alleged leader in the Latin Kings, had been sentenced to 17½ years in prison by Bruce in May 2018.

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Jeff Bonty