Meinders sentenced to over 3 years in prison

By WEEK Producer

August 31, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:48 AM CDT

WOODFORD CO., Ill. -- A Woodford County man is headed to prison for more than three years after a year-long legal battle that put a spotlight on questions of police brutality.

Friday afternoon, Woodford County Judge John Huschen sentenced Kenny Meinders to 3 years and 4 months in prison, plus two years parole.

Last month, Meinders was convicted of domestic battery, aggravated battery, disarming an officer and resisting a peace officer.

Those charges stem from an incident that took place in a Lowpoint home on August 21, 2011, where responding officers say Meinders attacked them.

They then hit and tazed him.

A state police investigation found the officers were not at fault.

Friday, Meinders' defense team called two character witnesses to the stand, in hopes he would receive probation.

They plan to appeal the sentence.

"He's got a clean record, cleaner than probably 95 percent of the population," said Shaun Cusack, Attorney for Kenny Meinders. "I don't think that the punishment fit the man. It fit the crime, but not the man."

Woodford County State's Attorney Greg Minger says he felt the sentence is appropriate in light of the seriousness of the charges.

He adds in cases like this, the state expects an appeal.

"They have 30 days to appeal, so that would be 30 days from today's date, which is the sentencing date," said Minger. "We'll know more at that point in time, but we do suspect and believe there will be an appeal."

Meinders will serve his time in Peoria County as three of the officers involved in the incident work in Woodford County Corrections.

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