Threatening phone calls land man in prison
BY ERIKA WURST firstname.lastname@example.org November 16, 2012 3:16PM
Brian Countryman / photo from Kane County State's Attorney's office
Updated: November 16, 2012 5:14PM
A Cook County man previously convicted of harassing Aurora 911 dispatchers, has been sent to prison for repeatedly violating the terms of his probation.
Brian L. Countryman, 51, of Indian Head Park, was re-sentenced in Kane County Court this week to six years in prison. The sentence will be served consecutive to other harassment cases out of Cook and DuPage counties, prosecutors said.
Kane prosecutors said that on Feb. 16 and 17, 2008, Countryman placed 297 calls within 24 hours to Aurora 911. In the calls, Countryman was belligerent, used profanity, threatened a 911 dispatcher and threatened to blow up the Aurora Police Department.
While he was free on bond in that case, Countryman placed more threatening calls to Aurora 911 dispatchers, prosecutors said.
On Dec. 1, 2008, Countryman placed 55 calls to Aurora 911, during which he played loud music into the phone and used profanity. He was sentenced to 30 months’ probation in exchange for a guilty plea to two felony counts of telephone harassment.
In November 2010, Countryman admitted violating his probation by committing a new telephone harassment offense in Cook County. He was sentenced on the probation violation to an additional 24 months’ probation and six months of electronic home monitoring.
Four months later, in March 2011, Countryman violated his probation again. He was convicted in DuPage County of felony telephone harassment for calling an acquaintance and threatening physical harm, and was sentenced to two years in prison.
During the same month, Cook County prosecutors said Countryman left threatening messages on the telephone of an acquaintance. He was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison.