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Crime & Courts

Sheriff’s sergeant fined, sentenced to community service for speeding incident, fined

A Kendall County sheriff’s patrol sergeant was sentenced to fines, community service and conditional discharge from court after speeding 75 mph over the speed limit on Route 47 near downtown Yorkville in January.

Mark W. Bunting, 48, of Plainfield, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, was driving his personal vehicle when he was stopped by a Yorkville police officer at 1:38 a.m. Jan. 16 after going 120 mph north on Route 47 south of Colonial Parkway. He pleaded guilty for speeding more than 35 mph and was sentenced Wednesday, March 13, by Judge Joseph Voiland to $500 in fines, $117 in court costs, 100 hours of community service and 12 months of conditional discharge from court as opposed to probation.

Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird said the sheriff’s office completed an administration investigation, per sheriff’s office policy and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police collective bargaining agreement, after the incident. He said Bunting will receive a suspension per the administrative investigation’s findings.

“He will be docked one week of pay for his conduct,” Baird said.

Bunting, who has served 23 years in the sheriff’s office, initially was placed on administrative assignment shortly after the incident.

According to court records, Bunting paid the full $617 to the court on Thursday, March 14. Baird said Bunting is back on duty.

Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis said there is no specific place Bunting will have to serve his 100 hours of community service. Weis said there is a list of approved places through the court where Bunting can serve, including the area food pantry and churches.

Weis said conditional discharge from court is less stringent than probation and Bunting does not need to report to a probation officer, for example, but still needs to meet those additional conditions of his sentence set by the judge.

“That would violate his sentence here” if Bunting were to commit another crime in the next year or if he doesn’t finish his community service hours, Weis said.

Baird said he was not involved in court proceedings, but he was under the impression that the county’s court system would have given anyone else that same sentence for the same offense. He said the sheriff’s office wanted to be as transparent as possible about the outcome because it involved a public arrest.

“I feel that it’s important to hold deputies accountable for their actions,” Baird said.

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