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Statement from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and State’s Attorney’s Office regarding the release of Henry Hillenbrand

At 3:47 p.m. on April 25, the Putnam County State’s Attorney’s Office received an email from the Illinois Department of Corrections concerning the release of Henry C. Hillenbrand to occur on April 26.

Included in this email notification, Hillenbrand’s offenses included two counts of murder. One sentence carried a term of 150 years and the second sentence carried a term of 240 years. These convictions occurred in LaSalle County. The email indicated Hillenbrand was moving to an address located on Silverspoon Avenue in Granville.

Having no background on Hillenbrand’s crimes and a notification of release for the next day gave the sheriff’s office and the state’s attorney’s office great concern due to the proximity of Hillenbrand’s pending address to the two schools in Granville.

Hillenbrand will have to register as a violent offender, which he did on April 29. However, state law doesn’t prevent Hillenbrand from living within 500 feet of a school.

The main concern of the sheriff’s office and the state’s attorney’s office is the safety of our residents and children who attend these schools.

It should be noted certain people have a misconception that the state’s attorney’s office and the sheriff’s office can prevent Hillenbrand from moving into our community. Unfortunately, due to no restrictions under state law, a person convicted of two murders cannot be prevented from moving into our community.

If citizens have concerns about the Illinois Department of Corrections inmates being released early, they are encouraged to contact members of the Illinois General Assembly.

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