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Press Release-Dolan Purnell Sentence

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March 27th, 2018

State's Attorney Joe Bruscato


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Dolan Purnell (D.O.B. 12/21/1970) was sentenced to 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Randy Wilt. Purnell pled guilty to one count of Unlawful Communication with a Witness in January.

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On September 14th, 2017, Dolan Purnell was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery and Domestic Battery. The defendant bonded out of jail, and was arrested on October 24th, 2017, for another Aggravated Domestic Battery against the same victim. Just a few days after Purnell’s second arrest, the defendant contacted the victim, threatened and bribed her so she would file affidavits to drop the charges. The defendant was under a court order to not have contact with the victim in this case at the time of the offenses.


Unlawful Communication with a Witness is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant was eligible for an extended term of 2-10 years in the Department of Corrections because his prior criminal history.



Assistant State’s Attorney

Alison Meason


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