WHEATON – A trial is set to begin in January 2018 for the reckless conduct charges against DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Patrick O'Shea.
To avoid any potential conflicts of interest, the case has been moved to Kane County. His bench trial will be held Jan. 4 in the Kane County branch court in St. Charles.
O'Shea has been removed from all judicial duties after being charged Oct. 13 by Wheaton police with reckless conduct after he allegedly discharged a gun in his home.
O'Shea, 67, of the 200 block of East Willow Avenue, Wheaton, was elected to his seat in 2012 after previously serving on the DuPage County Board. The incident that resulted in his arrest occurred Sept. 15, Wheaton Deputy Police Chief Bill Murphy said.
Bond was set at $5,000, with a requirement that all firearms and permits be surrendered to the Wheaton Police Department. O'Shea was released on bond.
On Sept. 24, O'Shea's neighbors discovered what appeared to be a fired bullet on their living room floor, according to a police report obtained by Suburban Life Media through a Freedom of Information Act request.
They took the bullet to police, along with photos they took of the damaged wall. In the complaint against him, O'Shea is being charged with "pointing a firearm at a common wall of his apartment, and pulling the trigger without first determining that the firearm was not loaded, causing the firearm to discharge, causing a bullet to enter the living area of the adjoining apartment."
The Executive Committee of the DuPage County Circuit Court, which is chaired by 18th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kathryn Creswell and is comprised of the acting chief judge and the presiding judges of the court's five divisions, acted to remove O'Shea from all judicial duties until further order of the court, according to a news release from the chief judge's office.
The committee also has denied O'Shea unrestricted access to all court facilities. In the event he has court business, he will be escorted by court security, the release stated.
O'Shea had been assigned to the law division since 2014.