Man arraigned in Piatt County after two months on the lam

Man arraigned in Piatt County after two months on the lam

MONTICELLO — A 33-year-old man was arraigned Thursday in Piatt County on charges alleging he broke into a home in Cerro Gordo and tried to strangle his estranged wife.

Todd McGee had gone on the run after the April 3 incident, and at that time, authorities considered him armed and dangerous. He was caught May 23 in Atlanta and returned to Piatt County on Wednesday.

He is being held on $200,000 bond in the Piatt County jail.

McGee was arraigned Thursday on charges of home invasion and aggravated domestic battery, alleging he broke into the woman's Cerro Gordo house and "intentionally strangled" her.

Home invasion is a Class X felony, punishable by a mandatory six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.

Because of prior burglary convictions, McGee is eligible for an extended sentence of up to 14 years on the battery charge if convicted.

McGee is scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing June 18, where a judge will determine if probable cause exists for the case to move to trial.

He also has a pretrial appearance set June 12 in another Piatt County case that includes charges of domestic battery and violating an order of protection with a prior domestic battery on file.

The April 3 incident and the aftermath have also resulted in charges of residential burglary and possession of stolen vehicle being filed against him in Macon County. The Macon County charges list a Charleston address for McGee.

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