TUSCOLA — A Villa Grove man convicted of stalking his wife has been sentenced to probation.
A Douglas County jury convicted Timothy E. Little, 36, in October of that offense but acquitted him of a more serious charge of armed violence. The jury also acquitted him of disorderly conduct and domestic battery.
All those charges against him stemmed from an incident at Little's home on Jan. 27, when he allegedly threatened to harm his wife, Sarah Little, and to go to the Tuscola school her son attended and harm children.
The alleged threat to harm children prompted Douglas County State's Attorney Kevin Nolan in January to file a charge of making a terrorist threat — a charge that he later dismissed before trial.
Testimony at trial was that Little, a gun collector who owned several guns legally, allegedly removed guns from a safe in the home and threatened to harm his wife.
The stalking charge stemmed from activity that occurred while she was at a women's shelter in Tuscola later that same day.
On Monday, Douglas County Judge Michael Carroll sentenced Little to 30 months of probation and 180 days in the county jail but gave him credit on the jail sentence for nine months he served while waiting for his October jury trial.
Court records say the guns that were taken from Little's home at the time of his arrest were returned to his father except for those that were introduced as evidence during the trial.
With a felony conviction for stalking, the younger Little will no longer be able to possess firearms legally.
Nolan said Little received court supervision in a 1999 aggravated assault case in Edgar County. He had no other convictions.