February 1, 2024, Peoria, IL – An inmate who was detained in the county jail earlier this week for firing a gun into a house, now faces an additional charge for threatening the Peoria County Judge who kept him there. This past Monday, Taiwand Hughes, 18, was in front of Judge Mark Gilles on an Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm charge. During that hearing, Judge Gilles ordered Hughes to remain in custody until trial finding that he was a danger to the public. In a phone call recorded from the jail after that hearing, Hughes stated that he “can’t wait to catch the judge walking out the courthouse. I’m a fire his ass up” along with other comments threatening Judge Gilles for his detention. The State filed one count of Threatening a Public Official, a Class 3 Felony, and will ask that any sentence Hughes receives for this charge be served after his sentence in the Aggravated Discharge case.
“There is simply no place in our criminal justice system for threats to a judge. A Public Official’s job is to keep people safe, and when an inmate threatens a judge for doing that, my job is to make sure that inmate stays right where he is.” Jodi M. Hoos, Peoria County State’s Attorney