Tazewell County State’s Attorney commenting on Jeffrey Reinking charges

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The Tazewell County State’s Attorney is speaking out after the father of Travis Reinking was charged.

Right now, Jeffrey Reinking faces charges of unlawful delivery of a firearm. State’s Attorney Stu Umholtz says Jeffrey knowingly gave Travis a gun after he was a patient in a mental institution.

Jeffrey’s attorney released the following statement on Thursday:

“Jeff Reinking has not committed a criminal offense. He has been charged under an Illinois statute that prohibits the sale or gift of firearms to someone who has been in a mental institution. But Jeff didn’t sell or gift Travis the guns. The district attorney wants to pound a round peg into a square hole because of the terrible events that happened months after Travis’s weapons were returned to him. Returning Travis’s guns to Travis is not a criminal offense and we will fight it in court.”

Umholtz responded to the attorney’s claims saying, “The statue very clearly says if you give a firearm to an individual who has been a patient in a mental facility in the past 5 years that constitutes the offense of unlawful delivery of a firearm.”

Jeffrey is scheduled to appear for arraignment on April 25th.

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