Bond lowered for Will County jail inmate who coughed on guard's face: records

The bond for a Will County jail inmate who faces a felony charge for coughing on a guard's face was lowered from $75,000 to $5,000, court records show.

Jacob J. Bogdan, 20, of Chicago, was charged with felony aggravated assault after he pulled down his mask inside the jail and coughed on a guard’s face, Will County sheriff spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.

Bogdan later said he thought it would be funny and he was trying to make the guard think he had the coronavirus, Hoffmeyer said.

Bogdan had a bond of $25,000 since March 20 but a judge increased it to $75,000 following the aggravated assault charge, Hoffmeyer said.

On Wednesday, a judge lowered the bond to $5,000 after Bogdan’s attorney Alex Beck filed a motion that argued his client's bond was “oppressive” and he did not have any cash to secure the bond. Bogdan will need to post $500 for his release from jail.

Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Britt Florin filed a motion Friday that asked the judge to reconsider keeping Bogdan’s bond at $5,000.

Florin’s motion said Bogdan faces a misdemeanor charge of violating an order of protection in a separate case. Prosecutors did not have the file for that case in court Wednesday for the bond reduction hearing, according to the motion.

Prosecutors requested that the judge reconsider the bond after reviewing the “facts and circumstances” of the charge and the underlying allegations in the protective order against Bogdan, the motion said.

The judge granted the motion and will make a decision June 18, court records show.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News