Getting caught red-handed doesn’t mean much in criminal case involving Dresden nuclear reactor operator

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In an amazingly under-reported event, Michael Buhrman, 31, of Coal City, faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted of a carjacking last month in Illinois.

The bizarre story continues to dramatically unravel, and prosecutors now say Michael Buhrman faces a mandatory prison sentence of six to 30 years — plus a 15-year add-on because a gun was involved — if convicted of the most serious charge.

Last month, the senior reactor operator at Dresden Nuclear Power Plant in Morris, Illinois put on a mask and reportedly approached and pointed a handgun at a young woman who was seated inside a parked 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, ordered her out of the car at gunpoint and drove away from a Kohl’s parking lot on the 1000 block of 75th Street in Woodridge, Illinois.

A witness followed the suspect and gave police information on the direction the man was traveling. Officers stopped and arrested Buhrman. They found a loaded .45-caliber handgun, and he was still wearing a Halloween mask to conceal his identity.

Authorities said Buhrman later confessed the hijacking was a “stupid thing” to do and that he was only “thrill seeking.”  Buhrman was later released after paying a $20,000 bond.

On Monday, Buhrman formally pleaded not guilty in a brief appearance before DuPage Judge Kathryn Creswell, and is scheduled to return to court July 10.

Over prosecutors’ objection, the judge even went so far as to grant a request to allow Buhrman to travel to Nebraska for his 6-year-old son’s birthday party.

Source: Daily Herald – H/T – Anonymous Tip

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