Crime & Courts

Former Hebron village president gets new trial date

John Jacobson, 71,
John Jacobson, 71,

The former village president of Hebron, who is accused of illegally possessing cocaine and a shotgun in 2016, could go to trial in November.

On Friday, attorneys agreed to begin John Jacobson’s jury trial Nov. 26, but not before his lawyers try to quash the search warrant that led to charges against the 71-year-old.

Jacobson is charged with possession of a firearm with a revoked firearm owner’s identification card, possession of a controlled substance, possession of ammunition without a FOID card and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Attorneys from McHenry-based law firm Donahue and Walsh believe police discovered the suspected crack cocaine in Jacobson’s home March 17, 2016, through an unlawful search.

Officers had been called to the man’s Hebron home to give medical attention for a suspected overdose, according to a motion filed June 4 in McHenry County court.

The defense attorneys now are seeking to quash the warrant McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies used to search Jacobson’s home, and suppress any evidence investigators collected as a result.

Prosecutors have objected to the request, and a hearing on the matter is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Jacobson’s case was expected to go before a jury May 7.

The case was continued that morning, however, when attorney Dan Hofmann pointed out a separate motion that was filed May 2, 2016, and made a similar argument that never was heard in court.

A new trial date has been set for Nov. 26.

In March 2016, police found Jacobson taking shallow breaths while lying on the master bathroom floor in only his underwear, according to police reports.

While inside Jacobson’s home, an officer reported seeing a used crack pipe and an unmarked orange pill bottle containing suspected crack rocks, according to reports.

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