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Crime & Courts

Charges against DuPage County Board candidate expected to be dismissed

GLENDALE HEIGHTS – The attorney representing a DuPage County Board candidate involved in a domestic dispute earlier this year expects to see remaining charges stemming from the incident dismissed in the coming months.

In April, the state of Wisconsin charged District 4 Democratic candidate Jeremy Custer, 26, of Glendale Heights, with disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and resisting or obstructing an officer.

In an email to Suburban Life Media, Custer's attorney Marcus Berghahn said Custer waived his right to a trial and pleaded guilty to two of the three charges: disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. The resisting charge was dismissed outright at a hearing July 22.

The case was suspended before the court could find Custer guilty, and as long as he is not charged with any further criminal offense, the two remaining charges he pleaded guilty to will be dismissed in about nine months, Berghahn said.

"This is a common and usual resolution in our courts," he said in the email.

Custer’s charges date back to April 15, when he was arrested in Madison, Wis., after he was involved in an argument with his girlfriend.

He allegedly knocked over a bookshelf and yelled.

“I’ve learned from this incident, accepted responsibilities for my actions and hope to move forward as a wiser person,” Custer said.

The candidate said he and his girlfriend are still together.

Custer will stay in the race for the DuPage County Board District 4 seat against incumbent Grant Eckhoff, and he said he hopes this incident won’t stop him from serving the residents of his district, which primarily encompasses portions of Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Lombard and Wheaton.

The chief of staff for state Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, Custer defeated M. Moon Khan in the Democratic primary in March.


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