By Greg Halbleib
BLOOMINGTON – With federal immigration agents waiting, bond was increased ten-fold for a man charged in connection with last month’s hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist in Bloomington.
Judge William Yoder increased the bond for Jose Rodriguez, 27, to $1 million Friday morning, citing the hold by the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rodriguez must post $100,035 to be released. He is in custody on the McLean County charges, including a felony charge of failure to report an accident involving death.
Rodriguez appeared at Friday’s arraignment with his attorney, Chris Gramm of Bloomington, and pleaded not guilty. Rodriguez is accused of driving a van without a license and disobeying a red light at Main Street and MacArthur Avenue on June 22, striking a motorcycle driven by Corey Cottrell, 39, of Normal who later died of his injuries. Rodriguez turned himself in to police the next day, then posted $10,035 cash three days later and was released.
Although ICE agents were present during the hearing, Rodriguez was not released to them but was returned to the McLean County Jail on the criminal charges. Gramm represents Rodriguez in the criminal case and said after the hearing Rodriguez will likely also hire an immigration attorney. Gramm said he understands that Rodriguez is a native of Honduras and has been living in Bloomington with relatives for more than five years.
The next court hearing in the case is Aug. 27.
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