TUSCOLA — Douglas County Judge Michael Carroll has affirmed his previous order to deny bond for a Villa Grove man accused of harming his wife and threatening to harm her son at school.
Timothy E. Little, 36, of Villa Grove, is charged with making a terrorist threat, stalking, domestic battery, armed violence and threatening a school building.
The judge said he was denying bail because the presumption is great that Little committed a Class X felony for which a prison sentence is mandated.
Little allegedly made the threats during an argument with his wife, Sarah Little, at their home in January.
Carroll heard testimony on April 30 on a motion by Little's attorney, Fred Johnson of Heller, Holmes & Associates of Mattoon, to set bond. He issued his ruling on Thursday.
Little has been held without bond in the Douglas County jail since Jan. 27.
Carroll said he believes Little poses a real and present threat to others.
The judge noted that Little's first wife said he once threatened to put a bullet in her brain; that Little allegedly told his second wife, "I'll kill you or have you killed and you know I have the money to"; and that Little didn't deny his third wife's statement to police about Little allegedly making a threat to do harm at a school.
The hearing on April 30 took about three hours, prompting the judge to take the evidence and arguments under advisement before issuing his decision.
Several family members and friends testified they never saw Little be violent and that he never threatened any of them.
The state countered with testimony from Douglas County sheriff's Chief Deputy Peter Buckley, who testified that he interviewed Little's first wife, who said he also threatened her repeatedly.
Douglas County State's Attorney Kevin Nolan said another of Little's ex-wives testified for Little that she didn't really mean the things she alleged in a 2007 petition she submitted to the court seeking an order of protection against him.
Little's case on the six-count felony complaint is tentatively set to be tried in October in Tuscola. His next court appearance was scheduled for Oct. 3.
The most serious of the charges, armed violence and making a terrorist threat, are Class X felonies carrying penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.