Fisher man on parole faces harassment, DUI charges

Fisher man on parole faces harassment, DUI charges

URBANA — A Fisher man on parole for fatally shooting his friend in 2008 while he was drunk has been charged in Champaign County Circuit Court with felony harassment and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Randall Huffstutler, 41, was arrested Sunday after he allegedly used his own truck to ram his own Jeep at the home of a woman in the 100 block of Letchworth Drive in Rantoul.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the woman, who works with Huffstutler, told police that Huffstutler had loaned her his Jeep. On Sunday, he called her more than once and made threats, including that he was going to burn her house down and run his truck through her house.

As she was on the phone with a police dispatcher, he allegedly called again and said he was coming for her.

A Rantoul police officer was at the woman's home when Huffstutler showed up, smelling of alcohol and showing other signs of impairment. He also had open beer in his truck. The officer noted the front bumper of his truck was dented and had purple paint on it and arrested him for DUI.

Earlier, a neighbor had heard what sounded like a car crash, went outside, and saw a maroon truck driven by Huffstutler, whom he knew. The man reported Huffstutler got out of the truck, threatened him, then got back in. The neighbor said Huffstutler appeared to be under the influence.

The neighbor also reported — and police could see — that there was damage to the passenger side of a purple Jeep in the driveway and that there were marks in the grass that appeared as if a vehicle had been spinning its tires next to it. There was also a license plate on the ground that was registered to Huffstutler.

Police learned that Huffstutler had been drinking earlier in the day at three different bars. At one of those places, he told another patron he had backed into his Jeep.

Huffstutler was released from the county jail Monday after posting 10 percent of a $50,000 bond. Judge Richard Klaus ordered him to be back in court Nov. 19.

In December 2009, Huffstutler was sentenced to five years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of his friend, Ronnie Randolph, 35, of Fisher. Randolph was shot in Huffstutler's Fisher home at a time when Huffstutler had been drinking.

Because of the prior conviction, Huffstutler is eligible for an extended term of up to six years in prison if convicted of the harassment charge.

The DUI charge is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of 364 days in jail.