Pair charged with firing at moving vehicle

By on February 27, 2009

by Lynn Meredith
An adult and a juvenile turned themselves in after being charged with firing shots into a moving vehicle in unincorporated Maple Park. No one in the car was injured. The two were charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card. The adult male was further charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

On Jan. 31, Kane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report that a vehicle may have been struck by an object in the area of 9N046 McGough Road in rural Maple Park. They discovered that a bullet had struck the driver’s side front fender.

The officers spoke to James A. Thorne, 18, of 9N046 McGough Road and located a .22 caliber rifle at his residence. Deputies further identified a 15-year old male from Sycamore who was at the residence at the time of the incident.

Thorne turned himself into the Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 23. His bond has been set at $35,000. Lt. Pat Gengler of the Kane County Sheriff’s Department said the charges were bumped up to reckless discharge of a firearm because there were people in the car.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has referred the 15-year-old’s case to Juvenile Court Services.