Sen. Schmidt trial set for Oct. 10
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org October 3, 2012 7:22PM
Updated: November 5, 2012 11:34AM
The trial of state Sen. Suzi Schmidt is scheduled for Oct. 10, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Don Tyer said Wednesday.
Schmidt will stand trial for criminal damage and trespassing misdemeanor charges next week that came from an alleged dispute with neighbors in unincorporated Lake Villa.
The Republican lawmaker can face up to 364 days in jail and a fine up to $2,500 if she is convicted of Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property, and up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,500 if she is convicted of the Class B misdemeanor trespassing charge, Tyer said.
Schmidt is accused of harassing her neighbors starting on Christmas Day 2010. She is alleged to have thrown boat oars from her neighbor’s yard into a nearby marsh and of punching a hole in a bag of feed outside the neighbor’s home on June 2. She is also accused of taking pictures of cars parked the neighbor’s home.
The neighbors have an anti-stalking, no-contact order against Schmidt. Schmidt is accused of confronting her neighbor’s 7-year-old son with allegations that the boy’s mother was having an affair with Schmidt’s husband.