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Bond reduced for ex-deputy charged with theft

Bond reduced for ex-deputy charged with theft

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BLOOMINGTON — Bond was cut in half Thursday for a former McLean County sheriff's deputy after he spent the night in jail on felony embezzlement charges.

Jay Hobson, 36, of Bloomington was indicted Wednesday on two counts of theft over $100,000. Charges accuse the ex-deputy of stealing more than $100,000 from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 176.

Associate Judge Brian Goldrick granted a request from defense lawyer Steve Skelton to lower Hobson's bond from $100,025 to $50,025. Skelton told the judge Hobson could post the $5,025 required for his release, which he did later Thursday night.

Assistant State's Attorney David Fitt represented the state at the hearing and made no argument concerning the bond.

After the hearing, State's Attorney Jason Chambers said the state considers the higher bond to be appropriate.

The initial bond requested by the state "was based on the seriousness of the offenses — stealing well over $100,000 — and the flight risk involved with that," said Chambers.

Hobson turned himself in late Wednesday and spent the night in jail before the hearing where his bond was lowered.

Hobson served as treasurer for the union organization. He resigned in August after the funds were reported missing.

A Feb. 6 arraignment is scheduled.

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