Urbana man jailed for shouting at Illinois judge released early after another written apology


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URBANA, Illinois — An Urbana man sentenced to six months in jail for yelling profanities at a judge has been released early after writing him another letter of apology.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1vy32wQ ) that 30-year-old Willie Craft Jr. was released Thursday after serving 50 days in the Champaign County Jail for direct criminal contempt of court.

Craft's latest letter to Judge Richard Klaus said he had "utmost respect" for him, adding that he was in a "dark place" at the time of his outburst during a July 9 hearing for Craft's father.

Klaus had sentenced the man's father to three and a half years in prison for driving his truck into two University of Illinois students in 2013. One of the students died.

The younger craft then yelled at the judge.

Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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