WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced today that Matthew Cioni, 38, was found guilty of 1 count Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, 6 counts Aggravated Intimidation of a Public Official, 2 counts bribery after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Patrick Heaslip.
On March 23, 2011 at approximately 11:06 pm a South Beloit Police Officer was dispatched to the intersection of Roscoe Avenue & Olive St. When the Officer arrived he pulled up behind a pick-up truck that was parked diagonally in the intersection. The driver was identified as Matthew Cioni. The Officer noted that Cioni had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and his speech was so slurred that the Officer had difficulty understanding what Cioni was saying. Cioni submitted to one standardized field sobriety test with indicators of impairment. Cioni became very belligerent and stated that he was going to kill the Officer. After he was transported to the South Beloit Police Department Cioni stated to the Officer, “I’ll pay you $20,000 if you let me go.” The Officer told Cioni that he was not going to let him go. Cioni threatened to harm the Officer and his family. Cioni also stated that he was going to blow up the South Beloit Police Department. Cioni also offered another officer $20,000 in an attempt to gain his release.
Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol is a Class X felony with a sentencing range of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and is non-probationable. Aggravated Intimidation of a Public Official is a Class 2 Felony with a sentencing range of 3-14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Bribery is a Class 2 Felony with a sentencing range of 3-14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 31, 2013 at 9:00 am in courtroom C with Honorable Judge Patrick Heaslip.