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West Chicago dad who removed son from bus pleads guilty to aggravated assault

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:21 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:50 p.m. CST

WEST CHICAGO – The West Chicago father charged with a series of misdemeanors after removing his son and another student from a school bus in January has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, DuPage County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Paul Darrah said.

Jimmy Palmer, 53, of the 3N500 block of Locust Avenue, cut off the school bus as it was dropping off students on its route, causing a minor crash between his vehicle and the bus that did not injure any students, according to previous Suburban Life Media reports.

He then forced his way onto the bus and removed the two students at about 4 p.m. Jan. 9.

Following the incident, Palmer was charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespass to a motor vehicle, reckless driving, endangering the health or life of a child, failure to give aid or information at an accident, and driving too fast for conditions.

Palmer pleaded guilty June 12 to aggravated assault of a teacher or school employee, which he was charged with after swinging his fist at the bus driver, Darrah said.

All other charges were dismissed in exchange for Palmer's guilty plea, he said.

Palmer was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, meaning he is required to meet a set of conditions for a one-year period, and if he does not, the dismissed charges could be reinstated against him, Darrah said.

Some conditions include spending five days in the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program, not having any indirect or direct contact with the bus driver, and paying $802 in court costs and fines, he said.

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