Ottawa man indicted on attempted murder charge in connection with downtown shooting

La Salle County Grand Jury returns indictments

The La Salle County Governmental Complex on Etna Road in Ottawa.

An Ottawa man was indicted Tuesday by a La Salle County Grand Jury on charges of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and harassment of a witness in connection with a Sept. 12 shooting in downtown Ottawa.

Anthony Brito, 30, is accused of firing multiple gun shots. No one was injured, but prosecutors said at a previous court hearing a car was struck with gunfire with a passenger in the car and there were nearby pedestrians and motorists – any of whom could have been injured.

The charge of attempted first-degree murder is a Class X felony carrying an extended sentence of 26 to 50 years, with no possibility of probation, because Brito is alleged to have used a firearm.

Brito’s next appearance in court is scheduled Friday, Sept. 29.

Additionally, a grand jury returned the following indictments Tuesday: Joshua Burns, 36, of Pembrook Township, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon; Louis Galligan, 20, of Winchester, Indiana, possession of a credit card; Gabrielle Nash, 33, of Streator, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine; Matthew Koenigs, 25, of Kewanee, home repair fraud; Adrian Lauck, 24, of Peru, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon; Debra Rodriguez, 61, of La Salle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; John Marshall Jr., 58, of Pine Grove, operating a commercial vehicle under the influence; Jessica Adams, 35, of Hillside, vehicle theft; and Brent Valdez, 44, of Ottawa, unlawful possession of controlled substance.