BLOOMINGTON -- A Fairbury police officer who is running for Livingston County sheriff made a successful bid in McLean County court Thursday to have his son's bond reduced on burglary charges.
Lt. Michael Frickey asked to speak during a custody hearing after prosecutors asked for a $50,000 bond for Dane Frickey, meaning the 18-year-old would have had to post $5,000 to be released.
Lt. Frickey identified himself as a police officer and asked Associate Judge David Butler if a lower bond could be set for his son, who faces one count of residential burglary and two counts of burglary, according to McLean County Sgt. Jon Sandage, who was in the courtroom. Lt. Frickey said he would guarantee that his son followed all terms of his bond.
Butler asked Lt. Frickey how much he could post. Lt. Frickey said he could post $400 to $1,000.
Lt. Frickey went on to tell the judge that a Livingston County judge set a $4,000 bond for his son on a recent burglary charge. Court records in that county indicate $400 was posted in that case and Dane Frickey was released.
Dane Frickey was released later Thursday after posting $1,000, which was 10 percent of a $10,000 bond, McLean County jail officials said.
A call to the Fairbury officer for comment on his courtroom intervention on his son's behalf was not immediately returned.
Lt. Frickey announced in May that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Livingston County sheriff. He has served as a Fairbury officer for about 15 years and worked previously as a Livingston County sheriff's deputy.