Crime & Courts

Bond increased for Lake in the Hills woman charged with recklessly firing gun

McHenry County courthouse with inset of Anita M. Gustafson

A McHenry County judge sent a Lake in the Hills woman back to jail Thursday and increased her bond to $10,000 after she was charged twice with battering a female family member, a violation of her pre-trial bond, according to court documents.

In November, Anita Gustafson, 60, of the 500 block of Delaware Drive, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful production of marijuana sativa plants, according to court documents.

Prosecutors allege that during a dispute with the female relative she fired a gun recklessly. After police responded to the call, they found eight marijuana plants and 100 to 500 grams of marijuana.

She posted $500 – 10% of a $5,000 bond – and was released with the condition not to violate any laws.

On Nov. 15, 10 days after the initial charges were filed, she was charged with domestic battery. Prosecutors alleged in court documents that she struck the female relative in the face, according to court documents. On Nov. 19, she posted $200, or 10% of a $2,000 bond, and was released. As a condition of her release, she was ordered not to have any contact with the female relative or her home.

On Dec. 6, however, Gustafson was again charged with domestic battery after prosecutors allege she closed the female relative’s foot in a car door and struck her in the face.

“The defendant has repeatedly disobeyed court orders,” Assistant State’s Attorney Brian C. Miller wrote in his motion to increase her bond to $75,000. “Further, she represents a threat to the community.”

The judge also ordered that she not be released from jail before being fitted with a GPS monitor, not go within one mile of the family member’s home, and not consume alcohol, THC or controlled substances unless prescribed. She also is required to submit to weekly drug and alcohol screens.

Gustafson’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Ryan Ahern, declined to comment.

As of Sunday, Gustafson remained in the McHenry County Jail. She is due next in court Feb. 3, according to the jail log.