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Belleville man gets a couple of hours furlough before cops nab him on traffic stop

Shane Kitterman
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Shane Kitterman of Belleville was facing a six-year stretch in the Illinois Department of Corrections, but he received a 72-hour furlough from the judge to get his affairs in order.

Despite the judge’s order, he only got a couple of hours. A St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputy arrested him for driving on a suspended license without insurance or his seatbelt.

“People get furloughs all the time, particularly when they have families, so they can make arrangements,” said St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic, who accepted Kitterman’s guilty plea on seven felonies and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

“We object to furloughs as a matter of course unless there are extraordinary circumstances,” said State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.

The state did object to Kitterman’s furlough, Kelly said.

Kitterman plead guilty to failure to register as a sex offender charges, retail theft and theft charges.

“Defendant (released on his own recognizance) on the above cases, but is required to surrender at the St. Clair County Jail by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015,” Baricevic wrote in an order entered on Thursday. Kitterman was released sometime on Thursday afternoon.

At 6:15 a.m. on Friday, Sgt. Matt Jany stopped Kitterman for a traffic violation, said Capt. Scott Weymouth with the sheriff’s department. Kitterman was driving a 2002 green Saturn, Weymouth said, in the area of Sixth and C Streets in Belleville.

“At the time, it was discovered that his license was suspended, and he didn’t have insurance,” Weymouth said.

Kitterman, 37, was also charged with not wearing his seatbelt.

Kitterman has been charged with 28 felonies, including forgery, domestic battery, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and failure to register as a sex offender. He also has been charged with seven misdemeanors and a 117 traffic and misdemeanor cases.

Baricevic recommended Kitterman serve his sentence at the Southwestern Correctional Center so he could receive drug treatment.

Contact reporter Beth Hundsdorfer at or 618-239-2570. Follow her on Twitter: @bhundsdorfer.