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Palermo found not guilty

January 23rd, 2018 5:25 PM

Nona Tepper and Bob Uphues

Staff Reporter and Senior Editor

A Forest Park man, arrested in December 2016 in connection with a road-rage incident on Chicago's West Side, was cleared of all charges by a Cook County Circuit Court jury on Jan. 8.

Following a trial at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, a jury found 61-year-old James A. Palermo not guilty of both aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault. Judge Charles Burns presided over the case.

Police had arrested Palermo in Forest Park after Chicago police reported a shooting involving a black pickup truck near Laramie Avenue and Roosevelt Road about 8:50 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2016.

Officers stopped Palermo's Ford Explorer at Roosevelt Road and Circle Avenue later that morning. Palermo was armed with a revolver, but from the start he denied displaying or firing it during a traffic altercation on the West Side.