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Home invasion charge dropped in La Salle involuntary manslaughter case

Posted by wlpo on March 10, 2015

The La Salle man in jail for allegedly attacking and killing his stepfather with a rock, plastic shovel and gas can is catching a break.

Originally Darnell Williams faced involuntary manslaughter and home invasion charges in last month’s death of 47-year-old Mark Jonas. But after talking to witnesses, La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says the fatal scuffle happened outside Jonas’ home so Williams was indicted yesterday just for involuntary manslaughter which makes him eligible for probation. Home invasion would’ve brought a stiffer potential prison sentence.

The 21-year-old Williams is accused of attacking Jonas after he kicked in his door. Williams was allegedly trying to get his mom to sign over a car title.

Jonas went unresponsive during the scuffle and was pronounced dead at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. The doctor who performed an autopsy on Jonas says he died from a heart attack caused in part by the altercation.
Williams is being held on a million dollars bond.

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