On Wednesday, June 10, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced that a Bartlett man had been sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for punching and kicking a Jewel grocery store bagger last summer. Bruce Mirabella, 51, of Bartlett, appeared in Court Wednesday morning in front of Judge Brian Telander, who imposed the sentence.

On March 4, 2020, immediately following a four-hour-long bench trial, Judge Telander found Mirabella guilty of one count of Aggravated Battery, a Class 3 Felony. Following the guilty verdict, Judge Telander revoked Mirabella’s bond and he was taken into custody. Mirabella had previously been out on bond after posting 10%, or $5,000 of his $50,000 bond.

On July 22, 2019, officers with the Bartlett Police Department responded to the Jewel grocery store located on Sterns Road in response to a battery of a store employee. Through their investigation, officers learned that at approximately 9:45 p.m., Mirabella went to the store to purchase alcohol. While in the checkout line, Mirabella approached the victim, a bagger who has special needs, and punched him in the face, then kicked him on the left side of his back, before fleeing the store. Bartlett Police Department took Mirabella into custody a short time later from his home.           

Mirabella will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.


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