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Cano sent to prison for crimes against corrections officers

Oswego man also faces trial in August 2015 shooting incident

Taylor Cano
Taylor Cano

An Oswego man accused of threatening a massacre in Oswego in August of 2015, and shooting at police, has been sentenced to state prison for multiple crimes against corrections deputies at the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville, Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis announced Monday.

Judge Timothy McCann sentenced Taylor Cano, 26, of Oswego, to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Friday morning.

Cano was sentenced for three charges of aggravated battery to a corrections deputy and one charge of possession of contraband in a penal institution. He was sentenced to five-year prison sentences on each of the four charges, but by law the charges must be served consecutively to one another, back to back, totalling 20 years, Weis said.

Cano has been in custody at the county jail since August of 2015 when he was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted murder, and aggravated discharge of a firearm. Cano was sent directly to the Illinois Department of Corrections after the court hearing on Friday, according to Weis.

Cano, who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to all four charges on Friday, will receive mental health treatment in state prison, Weis said.

Cano will still face charges of the attempted murder of a police officer from back in 2015, Weis said. That case has been set for jury trial in June of this year, Weis said.

Weis said that Cano's actions "have put the safety of several corrections officers at risk."

"This sentence will help to ensure that he is given the mental health treatment he is requesting while protecting the public and those assigned to guard him," he said.

There have been several alleged incidents by Cano taking action against corrections deputies. According to a Sheriff's Office press release, Cano allegedly struck a corrections deputy Thursday evening, the night before his Friday court hearing.

Public defender Victoria Chuffo represented Cano, and the cases were prosecuted by Weis and First Assistant Nemura Pencyla.

Correction: An earlier version of this article listed the wrong year for when Cano was said to have threatened police officers. It is 2015.

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