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Mendota Man Pleads Not Guilty To Shooting Bicyclist

Posted by wlpo on October 13, 2012

Remember the Mendota man who says a he shot a bicyclist thinking it was a skunk?  He’s pled not guilty to reckless discharge of a firearm.

Thomas Divan entered the not guilty plea yesterday in La Salle County Court.  He was arrested late last month after prosecutors say he shot John Bowne of Mendota in the hand.  Bowne was in a ditch of Route 251 repairing his bike.  He was wearing a black and white helmet that Divan apparently thought looked like a skunk, so he fired a shot.  Bowne was treated and released at Mendota Community Hospital.

Divan is out of jail on bond.  His trial date is December 17th.

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