Crime & Courts

Judge maintains bond for McHenry man accused of threatening to shoot teen

55-year-old’s criminal history prompts prosecutor to request increase to $100K

William B. Cheatham, 56, was arrested Saturday night at his home in the 1000 block of North Front Street, McHenry. He allegedly threatened a 17-year-old girl with a firearm and refused to cooperate with police.
William B. Cheatham, 56, was arrested Saturday night at his home in the 1000 block of North Front Street, McHenry. He allegedly threatened a 17-year-old girl with a firearm and refused to cooperate with police.

William B. Cheatham will remain at the McHenry County Jail on a $30,000 bond, despite attorneys’ requests to have the amount changed.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Victor Escarcida said in a court motion that details surrounding Cheatham’s arrest and the man’s criminal history were worthy of a $100,000 bond.

If McHenry County Judge James Cowlin had granted the request, Cheatham would have needed to post $10,000 to be released.

If released on bail, Cheatham would be required to obey a series of court-ordered conditions, such as drug and alcohol screening, McHenry County Assistant Public Defender Kim Messer said.

The 55-year-old remained at the jail Thursday evening after the bond hearing.

Investigators who were called Saturday to Cheatham’s home in the 1000 block of North Front Street, McHenry, reported finding several firearms in the previously convicted felon’s house.

According to a prosecutor’s motion, police seized three handguns, 13 rifles – including one AK-47 – and more than 500 rounds of ammunition found in an unlocked gun safe.

“Furthermore, investigators learned that in the weeks preceding June 9, 2018, a male subject arrived at [Cheatham’s] apartment and delivered firearms to him,” Escarcida wrote in his request to increase the man’s bond.

The prosecutor went on to say Cheatham admitted on videotape to having guns, which a friend had been in possession of for a period of time.

Messer noted her client isn’t accused of harming anyone with a gun, or even holding it at the time the alleged threats were made.

Her request to have his bond reduced also was denied.

Police have said Cheatham refused to come out of his home for about five hours after they were called to the address for a domestic disturbance. It’s alleged that Cheatham threatened to shoot a 17-year-old girl.

Officers have said alcohol might have been a contributing factor.

Cheatham’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 2.

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